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Guide to the Concrete Poetry Collection
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The manuscript collection contains copies of brochures, catalogs, conference guides, exhibit notices, flyers, lists, posters, programs, and prospectuses, mainly European, collected by Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, founder of Wild Hawthorn Press. This is part of a larger collection of several hundred titles, most cataloged individually and searchable on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
Concrete Poetry, a movement developed in the 1950s that reached its peak in the 1960s, emphasized the visual aspects of words and examined the relationship between visual form and literary content. Art critic William Feaver described it as a "blend of words used for their literal meanings and words used for their face value or visual appearance." It traces its origins to the traditions of visual poetry, found in the experimental works of Stephane Mallarmé, Lewis Carroll, and Ezra Pound. Adopted by members of the literary avant-garde of the mid-twentieth century, Concrete Poetry became the first truly international poetry movement.
.3 linear feet (1 half-size box and 1 oversize folder)
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