Grist 8

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The new (and beautiful looking) issue of Grist is now out in the world. My contribution is “The Poem and Mis-en-page,” a craft of poetry essay which argues that in the composition of poetry mise-en-page can be just as crucial as more conventional concerns such as rhythm, rhetoric, and subject matter. Relevant examples of expressive spacing and typography come from such diverse poets as Nathaniel Mackey, David Antin, Bob Kaufman, Ronald Johnson, Stephen Crane, and Estela Lamat. This essay also examines what happens to the meaning of texts which rely on unconventional spatial arrangements when they are digitized for databases such as Proquest’s Literature Online (LION). Thanks to editors for their suggestions and professionalism.

~ by Michael Leong on March 16, 2015.

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