Visual Poetry by Joseph Cornell
An “outsider” artist with no formal art training, he was most well known as a maker of “assemblages” – glass fronted boxes with unique arrangements of objects and pictures. His boxes are often described as visual poetry and “poetry from the commonplace” (to quote the WebMuseum, Paris).
A cool website exploring Joseph Cornell’s life and works is The Joseph Cornell Box. It was apparently put together for the launch of a book of the same name and has not been updated in quite a while, but has some information on the artist, his works, and downloads of Joseph Cornell inspired images and wallpaper. The most fun was pursuing the galleries of reader submitted Joseph Cornell-inspired boxes – definitely worth a few clicks.
Illustrated Poetry E-cards
A friend of mine posted this picture on her FaceBook wall recently and it sent me in search of its origin:
As tagged, it is by the graphic designer Janeen Koconis – and she does, among many other things, a series of word art/collages/illustrated poetry – and sells them in many formats, including E-cards. You can browse the galleries and appreciate the visual poetry – and there are some free E-cards with quotes from E.E. Cummings and D.H. Lawrence poems.
A Dulce Et Decorum Est Word Cloud
As we head into November, the month of the Armistice ending WWI (now celebrated as Veterans Day in the U.S.), I’ll end with this really neat word cloud of Wilfred Owen’s most famous poem, “Dulce Et Decorum Est,” made in the shape of the poet himself. Wilfred Owen was killed just days before the Armistice took effect on the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918. Originally posted on (and I believe made by) the education blog jivespin, it was made using a website called Tagxedo. Touring around the Tagxedo gallery will yield word clouds shaped as the subject they describe ranging from animals to historical figures to movie stars.