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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mi'kmaq Book of The Dead

Mi'kmaq Book of The Dead

By Miekal And
Poetry Foundation.org
March 31, 2016

The child of both poetry and the visual arts, visual poetry has a
double set of interests and its forms are myriad.

Some visual poets continue to write traditional poems that require
a certain visual context in which to properly mean a context
so important that it serves as a critical component of a unified text.

Other visual poets focus entirely on lettershape, drawing out the
beauty of these pieces of language either in isolation (sometimes
focused on parts of letters) or in swirling clouds of characters.

Miekal And often incorporates alien scripts into his work.

These can be undecipherable writing systems of history, scripts
unfamiliar to most people, and scripts invented by him or others.

He uses these to allow us to see written language with new eyes, to
appreciate its visual forms, and to face the process of searching for
meaning in a foreign textscape.

His "Mi'kmaq Book of The Dead" combines seemingly recognizable
characters with apparently pictographic ones, encouraging us to
pick out a meaning we will never quite find on our own. -Geof Huth


http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/182398

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