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Poetry. Art. Includes drawings by the writer. Cecilia Vicuña's INSTAN is composed in handwritten lines that move across the page with the instantaneous feeling of marks in a private journal, the bookt ransmits the energy of her performative works, where thread and poetic lines play at being one. The word/drawings are certain and fragile. In their power to preserve and tran ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Kelsey Street Press
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In this collection, Vicuna draws words upon the page in pencil, linking them in arcs, loops, bursts...so that the poem is held together by visible "threads," like the ancient quipu of Ecuador, a language of knots transcending ordinary syntax. Bi-lingual, poly-vocal and radiant, these disarmingly simple poems emit light and energy as they open unexpected realms of the page and the imagination. If you can find this collection, I urge you to get it. Vicuna's marriage of verbal and visual media is s ...more
Making into an object not just words but letters themselves as Vicuna hand-draws the letters of words and puts them into constellations threaded together by thin pencil lines. Myung pointed us to this in the archive. I remember trying to "quote" these word-poems, hand drawing them in my notebook putting my own shaky imprint on each constellation. Remembering the mediumicity of language, against the blank face of repeatable type, each letter, like the spoken voice, part of a phoneme, an ephemeral ...more
Vicuna's Instan is a book in five parts, the first of which contains a series of line drawings. These appear to be pencil sketches that “look like” constellations drawn onto the sky, with the letters of the words taking the position of individual stars, or waves or insect swarms, each letter a bee or fly or mosquito, or particles as in particle physics (parachute physics) or strings as in String Theory. Letters fly, drip, fall, buzz around the page. Tracers. Part two is the poem "Instan" which r ...more
One of the useful things that Vicuna's work does is invite the reader into a site that the reader can't control. This book is a beautiful physical object comprised mainly of pencil drawings-poems that Vicuna wrote with variable comprehensibility on the page. Vicuna moves between English and Spanish, sometimes throwing in words from indigenous languages of South America. As though that weren't enough to destabilize one, it may be difficult to read the handwriting (Is that an "e" or an "a" or an " ...more