Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry

Karl Young, Curator


This site includes a federation of genre, subject, and author home page, as well as smaller surveys and individual poems. It should give a rough sketch of some of the possibilities of late 20th - early 21st Century poetry from a number of different points of view and means of presentation. This is an anthology rather than a zine, and an anthology dedicated to alternative means of presentation as well as pluralistic forms and subjects. It includes over 60 complete books, new and reprinted, indicated in the alphabetic section by a set of brackets, [].


New Addition for March, 2010

Questions of Light

Plastic Poems by


New Addition for February, 2010

Selections from
As If Free
by Burt Kimmelman



New Additions for New Year's Day, 2010

A Third New Year's Day Additions to:
Digital and Non-Written poems
by Ladislav Nebeský

sat down to write you this pome
A poem by bpNichol, recast in 3D by Dan Waber and Jason Pimble

An Exchange of E Mail Art Between Reid Wood and Karl Young


Newly On-Line As Of December 1, 2009

Peter Anastas Survey


Some Highlights to
The News That Stays News
from 2008 and 2009:

Welcoming Two Year's of New Year's Days
with bpNichol:

7 by bpNichol
from Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer
by Dan Waber

Two versions of a new working of bpNichol's TTA29
by Dan Waber and Jason Pimble

11 of the (Many) Things I've Learned From the Work of bpNichol
by Dan Waber

bpNichol, Drawing the line
The visual Poetry of bpNichol
by Paul Dutton

Getting It Right and Getting It wrong with bpNichol
by Paul Dutton

Other News To Make New Year's Days:

New Additions to:
Digital and Non-Written poems
by Ladislav Nebeský

Also from the Czech Republic
6 Examples
by Pavel Rudolf

Susan Smith Nash: A Survey

Viewed from His Workroom Floor
A Personal Perspective on Bob Cobbing
by Paul Dutton

It Is Enough For Me:
Márton Koppány & Poetry's Reward

An Appreciation by Peter O'Leary

Selections from
Erosion's Pull
by Maureen Owen

I Am Marrying You Because
Wedding Vows (Literally)
by Dan Waber and Jennifer Hill

Continually Updated Since November, 2007:

Kitasono Katue Pages

Selections from Oceans Beyond Monotonous Space; Selected Poems of Kitasono Katue, and beginning of translations into languages other than Japanese and English, and commentery on this major poet of 20th Century Japan.

Home Pages:


On-Line Home of North America's longest running visual poetry magazine's.

Lettriste Pages

Growing collection of poetry, film, theater, and other art forms from one of the major movements in visual poetry. Includes work by Isidore Isou, Alain Satié, Catherine James, Roland Sabatier, Frédérique Devaux, Michel Amarger, David W. Seaman, Virginie Caraven, Gabriel Pomerand, Woodie Roehmer, and others.

First Light:
An Anthology of Paraguayan Women Writers

Work by 25 women from Paraguay, translated into English from Spanish and Guaraní by Susan Smith Nash. Presents a broad crosssection of outlooks and formal approaches.

Reesom Haile Home Page

Poetry and commentary on one of Africa's foremost post-colonial poets,
with translations into other languages and information on Eritrea,
Reesom Haile's home country.

Latin American Dialogues

Index of Latin American literature at this site.

The Fluxus Performance Workbook

The classic collection of performance scores
and index of other Fluxus works

The Institute of Broken and Reduced Languages
Tört és Redukált Nyelvek Intézete

Márton Koppány's site dedicated to (meta)communication across borders - linguistic, cultural, artistic, and conceptual -- starting with Fluxus, Minimalism, visual and found poetry. Presented in Hungarian and English.

A Koppány Márton által alapitott intézet célja a nyelvi, kulturális és fogalmi határokon átívelõ (meta)kommunikáció. Kezdetnek: Fluxus, minimalizmus, vizuális költészet, talált versek. Magyar és angol szövegváltozatok.

A Workshop with Hungarian Visual Poets

To start with, poems by Hegedús Mária, Tibor Papp, Alpár Bujdosó, Gabor Toth, Biró Jósef, Szombathy Balint, and Paul Nagy.

Michael McClure Home Page

Poems and essays by Michael McClure
Essays and reviews from 1975 Margins Symposium by John Jacob, Robert Creeley, Anne Waldman, Francis Crick, Stan Brakhage, and Charles Olson
With further comment by Steven Watson, Lee Bartlett, Gregory Stephenson, Jake Berry, Jack Foley, Robert Peters, and Jerome Rothenberg.
and much more on its way!

Karl Young Home Page

Extensive page attempting to pull together and organize poetry, criticism, editorial efforts and other things in which poets engage themselves.

Rochelle Owens Home Page

Poetry by Rochelle Owens, plus Criticism from 1975 Margins Symposium on Rochelle Owens by Jane Augustine, George Economou, Jackson Mac Low, Toby Olson;
and Further Considerations by Susan Smith Nash, Maureen Owen, Rochelle Ratner, and Barry Silesky.

Maureen Owen and Telephone Books Home Page

Two complete books of Owen's poetry, plus selections from the others, with commentary, and, coming soon, exerpt from work published by Owen's Telephone Books Press.

A Homepage Away From Home for

Growing selection of Nichol's poetry, with essays on Nichol's work.

d.a.levy home page

Growing selection of levy's work - visual poetry, book art, paintings, lexical poetry. Includes facsimiles and previously unpublished work.


Meeting place for graffiti art and visual poetry,
with samples and extensive links.

U.S. and Canadian Pages for Nucleo Post Arte's VI Biennial

Festival of Experimental Art and Literature, Mexico City, November, 1998. These events, directed by César Espinosa, have not always managed to come about quite on the two year schedule, but have all shown good work, cooperation, and have lived up to the name "festival" in many ways.

A Collective Effort of Australian Visual Poets

Poems by thalia, Jas H. Duke, Pi. O., Peter Murphy, Ruth Cowen, Alex Selenitsch, Pete Spence, and Lindsay Clements.

International Shadows Project Retrospectives

The International Shadows Project is an ongoing grass roots condemnation of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear energy through an alliance of arts, particularly mail art and performance. As such it is also an ongoing celebration of life in the face of unmitigated evil, as well as an extensive documentation, with copious examples, of mail and performance art.


Surveys are smaller than home pages, but go into the depth and variety of the work of each contributor. They thus form an intermediate stage between signle entries and home pages - and give us another means among the many possibilities we explore of presenting the work of contemporary poets. The first surveys were specifically meant to be of the work of visual poets. More rescent additions have included more work by people working in other genres.

Avelino de Araujo

David Cole

Michael Heller

Doris Cross

Joel Lipman

Jackson Mac Low

Hassan Massoudy

David Meltzer

Susan Smith Nash

Marilyn R. Rosenberg

Armand Schwerner

Klaus Peter Dencker

K.S. Ernst

Kenneth Patchen
Robert Grenier

Carol Stetser

John Ezra Fowler

Will Inman

Alain Satié

Peter Anastas

An Alphabet of Poets:

Charles Alexander
- A Book of Hours
- sections 7-16 of arc of light/dark matter

- Poems from A Second Before It Bursts

Avelino de Araujo
- Kaldron Survey

Michael Basinski
- The Wild Elephant
- Venedian Beseechers
- The Coming of the Circles
    from the 6th Biennial, Mexico City
- Angel Peyes

Carol Bergé
- poems from The Unexpected

Jake Berry
- Sections 2 and 7 from Species of Abandoned Light
- the first and last pages of Brambu Drezi, Book Two

John Brandi
- poems from Shadow Play

George Brecht
- A concise collection of   Dances, Events, Puzzles edited by Márton Koppány.

Charles Cantalupo
- from Anima/l Wo/man and Other Spirits

Michael Castro
-The Man Who Looked Into Coltrane's Horn

Ira Cohen
-Poet's brains prove to be useful!

David Cole
- beginning of Kaldron Survey

Wanda Coleman
- poems from American Sonnets

Doris Cross
- Kaldron Survey

Betty Danon
- Staves for the Hidden Sounds of Things

Susy Delgado
- Ayvu Membyre - Hijo de aquel verbo - Offspring of the Distant Word []
Susy Delgado writes in Guaraní, the Native American language of Paraguay,
and more or less simultaneously works Spanish versions of them. Susan Smith Nash
translates them into English. We present one of her books complete
in the three languages.

Klaus Peter Dencker
- beginning of Kaldron Survey

Stephen Dignazio
- poems from QU AT RA IN

Rose Drachler
- Burrowing In, Digging Out []

Mark DuCharme
- Infringement

Paul Dutton
- so'nets
- See also The Prose Tattoo in Group Efforts.

George Economou
- Philodemos translated by George Economou []
- Landed Natures []

Larry Eigner
- Air The Trees []

Barbara Einzig
- What Follows Evening
- Robinson Crusoe; A New Fiction []

Theodore Enslin
- 3 sequences from The House of the Golden Windows
- The Weather Within []

K.S. Ernst
- - Kaldron Survey

Farnbauer Gábor
- Az ibolya illata
- The Fragrance of Violet

Evald Flisar - "Safari," from Tales of Wandering

Philip Foss
- poems from The Excesses The Caprices

John Ezra Fowler
- Appreciations and Observations
A Collection of 8 Sets of Poems, Cyber and Lexical.

william l. fox
- 2 sequences from silence & license

Morgan Gibson
- from One Looks At One

Keiko Matsui Gibson
- How Do You Like America & Other Poems []

Ricardo Gonsalves
- Visual Poems
    from the 6th Biennial, Mexico City

Robert Grenier
- 10 pages from r h y m m s
- for Larry Eigner []

Bob Grumman

Bob Harrison
- poems from Darien

Caren Heft
- openings from Turtle Bones - Book Art

Michael Heller
- Survey Includes Heller's first book Accidental Center complete,
and excerpts from all succeding books.

Scott Helmes
- visual poems from Poems 1972 - 1977

Dick Higgins
- Metadramas

Jack Hirschman
- from Xibalba Arcane to the brave fighters in Chiapas

Geof Huth
- Ghostlight

Will Inman
- Survey

Maggie Jaffe
- from How The West Was One

Ronald Johnson
- Songs of the Earth
- The Book of the Green Man   []

Kajino Kyuyo
- Three Visual Poems

Bill Keith
- Selected Openings of Pictographs

Karl Kempton
- 5 pages from Rune 4: Fabelz And Kriterz Off The Mother's Tung
- 4 Columns Supporting an Invisible Realm

Myung Mi Kim
- The Bounty

Basil King
- Three Sections from Mirage  

David Knoebel
- More Joy [Java Required]

Alison Knowles
- from Bread & Water
- Frijoles Canyon

Márton Koppány
- three sequences from Vicious Circles In Infinity
- Hibás körök a végtelenben
- When
- Ha Majd

A. Kruchonykh
- selected Visual poems, 1917 - 1921

Harris Lenowitz
- GEMATRIA 27 with Jerome Rothenberg

- miniatures
- The Tibetan Stroboscope
- Selections from North American Book of the Dead
for more, go to d.a.levy home page

Joel Lipman
- Kaldron Survey

Clark Lunberry
- StonePoems

Jackson Mac Low
- 9 Light Poems
- I, II, IX, and X from Words nd Ends from Ez

Hassan Massoudy
- Kaldron Survey

Michael McClure
- Selections from Ghost Tantras.
- An Anthology of the Poetry of Michael McClure as selected by the Author
Contains poems from nearly all McClure's books,
and an excerpt from his play, The Beard
For more, go to Michael McClure Home Page

Charles McClain
- Two Poems.

Stephen-Paul Martin
- Vortex Under Construction
    from the 6th Biennial, Mexico City

Gregg McGhee
- 5 Poems

David Meltzer
- The Art / The Veil []
- Bark: A Polemic []
- A Rent Tract for Lew Welch
- David Meltzer Survey

Philadelpho Menezes
- "Clichetes"

Susan Mernit
- from Tree Climbing

Paul Metcalf
- Willie's Throw
In Memory of Paul Metcalf

John Montoya
- 5 pages of little people, scrolled

Joe Napora
- Bloom / Blood []

Lorine Niedecker
- 100th Birthday Edition of Paean To Place

Susan Smith Nash
- Candles by Starlight -- A Selection of Work
- Those Who Are Bait
    from the 6th Biennial, Mexico City
- Liquid Babylon []
- Susan Smith Nash Survey

Ladislav Nebeský
- Digital and Non-Written Poems

Denise Newman
- 2 segments of On The Other Hand

- from Translating Translating Apollinaire
- from Sharp Facts Variations on TTA 26
- from Art Facts; a book of contexts
- For more, go to bpNichol Home Page

Peter O'Leary
- Illuminations

Toby Olson
- poems from Home
- Aesthetics []

Maureen Owen
- The No-Travel Journals []
- A Brass Choir Approaches the Burial Ground []
- from Zombie Notes
- from Imaginary Income
- from AE: Amelia Earhart
for more, go to Muareen Owen Homepage

Rochelle Owens
[] & selections from I Am the Babe of Joseph Stalin's Daughter
- "Part 3: Fire Clay" from The Joe 82 Creation Poems
- for more, go to the Rochelle Owens Home Page

Clemente Padin
- Selections from Visual Poems
- 4 Ways To Say NO! Mail Art by Clemente Padin.

Kenneth Patchen
- Kaldron Survey.

Carl Lynden Peters
- Seven Poems from PM AD

Paul Pines
- AFTER HOURS: 10 Jazz Poems

Charles Plymell
- Neal Cassady and other poems

Harry Polkinhorn
- five poems

Carl Rakosi
- Hygieia, of Perspective

Rochelle Ratner
- Pretext Series
- Hide and Seek []

Sherry Reniker
- 10 poems from GeoFrictions

Marilyn R. Rosenberg
- Shadowland
- Scalembric
- Stories of the Everyday Book Mobile.
- Kaldron Survey Introduction

Jerome Rothenberg
- from Poland/1931
- "The Holy Words of Tristan Tzara" from ABULAFIA'S CIRCLES
- GEMATRIA 27 with Harris Lenowitz
- The Leonardo Project, 10 + 2 Poems

Michael Rothenberg
- Vows and Entertainment
- Stamped from Slate to Dreidel: A Graphic Sequence

Próspero Saíz
- A Selection of Poems

Armand Schwerner

Christy Sheffield Sanford
- The Rockgarden of Love
- Ocean Movement Study (Rhythms)
- 175 Clouds

Barry Silesky
- 4 poems from The New Tenants

John Solt
Circling Rainbows

Hugh Steinberg
- While the Thunder Lasted I Felt Like God

Carol Stetser
- Kaldron Survey

Ingrid Swanberg
- Eight Poems

Arthur Sze
- The Silk Road
- Streamers

John Taggart
- Slow Song for Mark Rothko and Inside Out

Tod Thilleman
- Wave Run

Alicia Torres
- Consideración de la rosa
(with English translation by Paddy Bushe).

John Tritica
- Residence in the High Desert

Amy Trussell
- 4 Poems

David UU
- Poems from Chopped Liver

Edgardo Antonio Vigo
- Memorial, with samples.
Texto Español a Postypographika.

Dan Waber
- Wedding Vows (Literally)

Rosmarie Waldrop
- Nothing Has Changed []

Marc Weber
- 48 Small Poems []
- Circle of Light

Don Wellman
- Two Poems from Fields

Yamanaka Ryojiro
- visual poems from Nothing Limits

Karl Young
- Three, Hiroshima
- To Dream Kalapuya []
- Selections from Clouds Over Fortjade
- Openings from Cried and Measured
- for more, go to Karl Young Home Page

Group Productions

- TTA 29 Continued bpNichol's Translating Translating Apollinaire 29, a participatory section, with contributions by other poets.

- Selections from The Prose Tattoo Selected Scores of The Four Horsemen Performance Group Scores for performance pieces from one of the best ensembles ever. Some are presented simply as examples of scoring techniques. Some make visual poems in their own right.

- An Exchange of Graphics between Reid Wood and Karl Young. Samples from a long-term correspondence art project that has evolved into cyberspace.

- A Telephone Book Sampler A Sampling of poetry from three issues of Telephone Book Magazine, edited by Maureen Owen.

- John Solt collaborating with Taylor Mignon, Ray Craig, Uri Hertz, and Christine Hatch.

Light & Dust Criticism

David T. Doris
- Zen Vaudeville
Extended meditation on Zen and Fluxus, with particular emphasis on performance pieces and short poems. Commentary on cast of characters including John Cage, George Brecht, Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, and others.
Zen-kabaré Fordította: Koppány Márton. (Hungarian translation by Márton Koppány)

Gerald Janecek
- from ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism
"Kruchonykh in Tifflis." Detailed study of Kruchonykh's work between 1917 and 1921.

Gerald Janecek
- A Report on Transfursim
Essay on late Soviet Samizdat artists continuing in the Futurist and Zaum line. Special emphasis on Ry Nikonova, Sergei Segei, and Boris Konstriktor.

Philadelpho Menezes
- Introduction and Conclusion to Poetics and Visuality
Frame for Menezes' most important critical work. Questions many assumptions regarding visual poetry, particularly in Latin America.

Paul Dutton
- bpNichol, Drawing the line — The visual Poetry of bpNichol

Paul Dutton
- Getting It Right and Getting It wrong with bpNichol

Paul Dutton
Viewed from His Workroom Floor
A Personal Perspective on Bob Cobbing

Peter O'Leary
- It Is Enough For Me:
Márton Koppány & Poetry's Reward

Renato Barilli
- Beyond the Threshold of the Letter
Concluding chapter from Barilli's Voyage to the End of the Word, a classic study of Italian Avant-Garde poetry of the 70s and 80s. Includes brief survey of efforts by Italian poets.

Enzo Minarelli
- Polypoetry.
This short article lies at the center of Minarelli's multimedia poetry. Multimedia is, in this context, a sort of familiar shorthand for what you'll find discussed here.

Clemente Padin
- Art and People: Latin American Art in Our Time.    []
This book, published here for the first time, is probably Padin's most important critical work, and perhaps the most comprehensive overview of new art forms in Latin America written to date.

Clemente Padin
- Aspiration to Freedom
Memorial to the Argentine polymath artist, Edgardo Antonio Vigo.
Texto Español a Postypographika.

Klaus Peter Dencker
- From Concrete To Visual Poetry, With A Glimpse Into The Electronic Future
Landmark thoeretical essay providing one approach to the essential distinction between Concrete and Visual Poetry.

David Antin
- The Stranger at the Door
Beginning with commentary on poems by George Brecht published in some/thing magazine, Antin speculates on the nature of contemporary poetry.

Bob Grumman
As usual, Bob Grumman's attention to detail remains unsurpassed. Although written as a popular introduction to one of the many directions in contemporary visual poetry, this essay is worth reading by anyone sincerely interested in literary art as a whole.

Morgan Gibson
- Revolutionary Rexroth; Poet of East West Wisdom []
This book remains the major study of the poetry of Kenneth Rexroth in the contexts of biography and of philosophical and religious traditions. This web edition includes extensive revisions and aditions to the now out-of-print editions.

Owen F. Smith
- Pre-Fluxus Conceptual Developments and Generative Influences - Chapter 1 of Smith's Fluxus: The History of an Attitude.

Harry Polkinhorn
- Seeing Power []
The first part of this book consists of an extended meditation on key figures in European and Euro-American art - including an on-going examination of critical methodology. The second half offers critiques of individual works by contemporary American poets.

Harry Polkinhorn
- From Book To Anti-Book
Essay on book art and its social and political underpinnings and implications, with particular focus on book art in Mexico.

Karl Young
- Notation and the Art of Reading.
Young's most important essay, discussing the interrelation of book production and poetry in several cultures as it related to poetry in the U.S. in the early 80s.
Jelölési rendszerek - és az olvasás müvészete Fordította: Koppány Márton. (Hungarian translation by Márton Koppány)
Texto Español; traduccion: César Espinosa.

Karl Young
- Two Representative Works of the last Decade; A Working Present for Jackson Mac Low on His 75th Birthday
Study of Mac Low's Open Secrets CD and Words nd Ends from Ez, in context of his opus.

Karl Young
- The Visual Poetry of bpNichol; a Brief Sketch.
Overview, with copious examples.

Karl Young
- The Last Pages of Codex Boturini
Essay on one of the surviving pre-Columbian Mexican manuscripts, with facsimile and translations. [Published in Tezcatlipoca on-line magazine, and linked from this site].

Karl Young
- Animal and Human Stages in the Aztec Continuum of life
Study of Pre-Clombian Mexican World View as seen through fluid metamorphic progressions. Includes reproductions of and commentary on Codex Borbonicus. [Published in Tezcatlipoca magazine.]

Karl Young
- Introduction to the English Language Edition of Evald Flisar's Tales of Wandering

Multiple Views

- A Multi-Voiced Memorial for Meridel Le Sueur
Commentery by Karl Young, Linda Montano, Pauline Oliveros, Joe Napora, and Barbara Mor.

- Two Approaches to John Taggart's Slow Song for Mark Rothko and Inside Out: essays by Rochelle Ratner and Karl Young from the John Taggart issue of Paper Air magazine.


Pat Nolan
- A Review of Maureen Owen's Imaginary Income

Karl Young
- "Reading the Waves, An Introduction to Karl Kempton's Rune: A Survey"
- sighting d.a.levy, 3 Kirpan Press Reprints
- Cat Licked the Garlic by Anne Tardos
- Spoken Texts by Alison Knowles
- Maximus to Gloucester Charles Olson's Letters to the Glouster Times,
- Myung Mi Kim and Maureen Owen
- Digital Vision by Cynthia Goodman
- Yaqui Deer Dance Songs/Maso Bwikam by Larry Evers & Felipe S. Molina