Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Word as Seeing

Roy Arenella, "Point & Shoot" (7 Oct 2006)

Roy Arenella is always pushing towards a poetry of the eye. He is the ultimate poet/photographer, merging word with image, as he does here with the simplest tools: rubberstamps. The giant round lens of the camera does double duty as an O, fully merging the visual image with the visible WORD. In the tiniest note, Roy--who can write smaller than anyone else I know--writes, "This (clearly condenses) is what I've been trying to say." Because his mailart is about making points, this poet/photographer/philosopher.

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