In linguistics, a word is the smallest element that can be uttered in isolation with objective or practical meaning.

the thing about concrete/visual poetry is it instantly becomes *about* the materiality—like I can't read this as being "about" anything other than browsers and standards and hyphenation. the text itself is almost (but not quite) completely unimportant

I think this is the reason that I've always been reticent about typography, motion, interactivity when it comes to text—that space between "almost" and "completely" is razor thin, there's not a lot of room to work in there. and even in the most sophisticated concrete poetry, the visual operations of the motion and the language of interactivity always seem to operate along very straightforward rules of analogy and metaphor

... which is how you end up with all of the seminal works in the genre being named things like "Text Rain." because that's what it is! it's text, but it sorta works like rain. text rain! (

watch out for my new work, "Text Page," an interactive poem where text behaves like it's on a page

@aparrish My next poem will consist of colored chemicals placed on flattened dried wood pulp.

Amazingly, it's entirely inert and meaningless until a reader interacts with it!

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