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Subject:

Re: Photo-Text Snaps

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Stephen Vincent <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and poetics <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 12 Oct 2005 08:48:10 -0700

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Wonderful rich golden image, Peter - psychic revelation indeed!
Take a look everybody!

Stephen V
Blog: http://stephenvincent.net/blog/



> Stephen,
> I meant to comment the other day on your use of images in relation to
> text on your blog. I was particularly drawn to "Raised by Ghosts" and
> the accompanying text. I can see how the images actually provide visual
> clues that span the text.
> 
> For quite some time I have been fascinated with "psychic connection"
> (as you put it) of certain images evoking strong emotional narrative
> responses. What I find really interesting is the act of posting an
> image link in an email as if the clicking on the link and viewing the
> image is a form of language itself. The viewer then creates the
> narrative. Perhaps this is a more subconscious and unadulterated form
> of authorship? I like them best as if they were snap poems. Snap image
> poems.
> 
> Here is one.
> The moment I opened the door, I realized that something hideous had
> occurred
> 
> http://photos1.blogger.com/img/2/1002/1024/The-moment-I-opened-the-doo.jp
> g
> 
> -Peter Ciccariello
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Vincent <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 17:25:45 -0700
> Subject: Photo-Text Snaps
> 
> Lately, courtesy of an infatuation with Flickr - the internet image
> hosting
> program - I have been having a kind of mysterious fun going into
> dialog with
> images - digital "snaps" - I take from off my neighborhood streets.
> Unlike
> the conventional "picture" poem in which the poet creates an image
> (drawn
> from a painting, or observation) that is re-invoked entirely within the
> context &/or frame(s) of language (without any literal picture), the
> cyber-world clearly offers the opportunity to marry, or better, let's
> say
> juxtapose the mediums and put them into a kind of conversation.
> (Obviously,
> for the technically more sophisticated, the image can be manipulated
> and the
> text can be variously integrated, fracture, etc. There is much of this
> exploration/experimentation abounding among certain poets). At the
> moment I
> am frankly more interested in the photo as a way to "pop" or "trigger"
> fresh
> text - either as narrative or with a somewhat (!) conventional poem.
> Something in me, for example, is drawn to take a particular photo and
> not
> another. The image becomes a means of fishing out the psychic
> connection in
> the making of a poem - or if not so psychologically bent - the image
> just
> provokes a language that forms its own trail of exploration. Somehow,
> for
> example, my photograph of a basketball hoop (a game at which I was
> pretty
> adept) becomes a means of both reflecting on a life, as well as a
> memoriam
> for Robert Creeley. Yet, to convolute the issue here - or the newness
> of
> this form - I don't think, in many cases, that the language can exist
> independent of the image (and the images combined with the language are
> enriched in terms of meaning or implication, as well)
> 
> I know Sebald used those usually in paperback terribly reproduced gray
> photos as pretext to segments of his novels. Maybe what this form
> offers is
> something in that vein - only much more fragment centered.
> 
> If interested, this has been the latest boogie on my blog. I will
> appreciate
> input and comments.
> 
> Stephen V
> Blog: http://stephenvincent.net/blog/
> 
> 

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