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A Poem Is a Material Object: Claire Van Vliet’s Artists Books and Denise Levertov’s “Batterers”

Humanities Department, Illinois Central College, One College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(3), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8030124
Received: 21 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 16 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Sister Arts Since 1900: Poetry and the Visual Arts)
A literary text is, for a book artist, like a score for a musician or a script for an actor: a basis on which to construct an artistic performance. Book artist Claire Van Vliet has, at her Janus Press, constructed dazzling broadsides and artist books based on poetry by, among others, Hayden Carruth, Galway Kinnell, and Margaret Kaufman. These works test or ignore boundaries between conventional categories such as book and broadside, two-dimensional display, and three-dimensional construction. The object she built based on Denise Levertov’s poem “Batterers” unfolds especially powerfully in time and three-dimensional space. View Full-Text
Keywords: Claire Van Vliet; Denise Levertov; Janus Press; “Batterers,” Artists Books; Hayden Carruth; Margaret Kaufman; Galway Kinnell; W. R. Johnson Claire Van Vliet; Denise Levertov; Janus Press; “Batterers,” Artists Books; Hayden Carruth; Margaret Kaufman; Galway Kinnell; W. R. Johnson
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Sullivan, J.D. A Poem Is a Material Object: Claire Van Vliet’s Artists Books and Denise Levertov’s “Batterers”. Humanities 2019, 8, 124.

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