Found Poetry Thursday – Automatic Writing?

IMG_1412As I was working on an illustration last week, I was using a sheet of scratch paper to blot and test my set of alphabet stamps before applying them to the finished work. When I was all through, the picture above was the result on the scratch paper! If you look at it long enough, words will attempt to form themselves, like a deranged crossword puzzle. It struck me as falling somewhere between shape poetry, and automatism. Automatism, or automatic writing, is described as a primary method of Surrealism – it exploits chance and spontaneity as a tool for creativity. André Breton, in his 1924 text Manifesto of Surrealism, defined automatism as “Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.” I think this arrangement of letters is the closest I’ve ever come to that! Enjoy!

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  1. I read the word “confess” in the lower right hand corner. What does that say about me, I wonder. I really liked this – you know, it gets right to the heart of reading and thinking and our minds filling in a context.

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    1. Thank you! That’s exactly what started happening to me too – I was looking at it and my brain kept trying to make phrases and words. Like I said, it is the closest thing to automatic writing (and/or deranged crossword puzzle) I have ever done!

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