Thursday, July 29, 2010
If I can, I would like to take a more creative approach to the conference paper. I was intrigued by the Smith essay "The Book as Physical Object." I would like to experiment with the different binding styles and see how these might influence the poetry I will write in them. For example, the Venetian Blind seems to be a good fit for the sonnet form. Writing a Venetian blind sonnet could be approached in different ways depending on if the writer composes the poem and then builds the book or builds the book and then composes the sonnet in it, physically writing on each strip as the composition builds. These types of decisions could shed some light on the ways form influences production, not just form as sonnet, sestina, etc., but the physical form the poem will be presented in. To aid in the construction of my books I plan to make use of the large format printers we have in the AIS computer labs where I work(we have glossy and matte paper, gloss might be nice for covers and such), which adds a technological wrinkle to the conversation. So my paper would include the poems written and photos of the books constructed, documentation of the creative process, and a critical/theoretical treatment of the topic.
Posted by Skip Bennington at 8:50 AM