What is in the shape of a letter? What images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page? And white space?

How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual?

The Poem Brut playfully explores the language of art, the art of poetry – handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, concrete poetry and more.

This is an examination of words that are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look.

A celebration of scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls – the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and the colours that randomly collide.

It is a project about the page as a block, about geometry, about lines that sever meaning, about inarticulate shapes, about minimalism and collage.

It is about making, gesturing towards the handmade, the amateur, the outside, liquid and wood, ugliness, toilet wall draughtswomanship and mess.

Participating Poets: Susanna Crossman, Nathan Walker, Imogen Reid, Steven J. Fowler (UK) and many more.


poembrut.com/ @stevenjfowler

Suitable for ages 16+