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 Staring Poetics by Nico Vassilakis
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 Two Different Eyes Colliding

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 dada la pregunta - ¿qué es vispo?

A Short Essay On Looking

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You are in a room. The words are chair and table. We know, in the atomic world, that the chair and table are moving - their atoms are in constant motion. And so we can say that the letters that make up the chair and the table are also in flux.

The material of alphabet is letters/images - the material of a letter/image is line & curve & angle & shape, etc - an expression of both intuition and mathematics. It’s our way of assigning purposeful drawing to represent some kind of imperative utterance. We remain primitive. We hoodwink ourselves into thinking this sophisticated and controlled filter of herding letters into words is advancement. Our letters remain primitive and we cannot be separated from that beauty. No matter how many words we make to disguise this.

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Order a copy of THE LAST VISPO ANTHOLOGY: Visual Poetry 1998-2008
edited by Crag Hill & Nico Vassilakis
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We are suffocating from the excess of word that surrounds us. We are being held hostage by the frantic compulsion to place letters into a huddle and then manipulate and construct them into words. We seek escape from this word derived onslaught. We are drawn to the alphabetic (pre) ascendance and (post) disintegration of the word - not the word itself. It is the letter that offers the quiet. It is the singular letter that is a point of rumination, the staring locus

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AS VERB

To vispo; the process of applying letters to the world in a way that alters or creates meaning specific to the use of alphabet as visual material and not hinged to semantic, syntactic word logic. Though words can be used to draw the reader toward the action of vispo, as a descriptive, words are not part, the basis, of a result of vispoing. The letters, and every permutation therein, are the principle ingredients to a vispo creation.

To vispo; the act of looking at alphabet and seeing only its visual material.

To vispo; the imagined or real interaction with letters and their visual presence. While vispoing, the poet can create a field of renewed understanding with their over saturated word surroundings.

To vispo; a form of looking. The process by which one deconstructs a word through the release of adhered letters. The breaking of letter bonds that capture and keep letters inside words.

To vispo; a way of liberating the letter, to read past the word toward the design elements of its component parts.

He vispoed his way through a landscape of billboards.

Her vispoing transformed advertising in the subway.

As evening went on, the book he was reading was visited by a vispoing spectre and the letters began to float off the page.

The architect was thinking of how to use her vispoed text as a blueprint for new building ideas.

To vispo; to discorporate text. The vispoed word, being a unit of letters, discorporates by discharging its letters and relieving word of its meaning.

To vispo; involves being witness to the trajectory of the making and breaking of words. The pre accumulation of letters, the wrangling for position, to acquire word definition and meaning. This applies to the departure or post word exhaustion, the renewed liberation of letters just before they're asked to reassemble into word again.

To vispo; the act of staring at language. The uncovering of design material used to fashion alphabet.

At night, the lower angled support scaffold of the letter K would vibrate.

While watching the newly christened name of the boat reflect in the water, its letter E kept extending and disappearing.

My compass was the sharp angled pointing A and beneath it cool safe shelter.

Once, you pressed the lower, larger bulbed support of capital B and the upper part grew in size. Over and over again, you pressed.
   
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