VisPo 504

The Class Blog for ENG 504: Visual and Avant-garde Poetry at Univ. of Miami

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

my vispo star grad students at AWP atlanta 2007

Monday, November 13, 2006

visual poetry workshop in France!

The VCCA is pleased to offer workshops for writers at our beautiful new facility in Auvillar, a tiny unspoiled village in the south of France located between Toulouse and Bordeaux, three hours north of Barcelona. Led by award-winning writers, these workshops are geared toward all levels of writers, will feature much individual attention, and will draw upon the charm and beauty of this quaint village.


This intensive workshop provides both group and individual sessions and a combination of discussion, writing prompts and workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $2195 and includes accommodations at a charming local hotel, all meals, introductions to the region and walking tours of Auvillar.

To register, please visit:

A stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Auvillar has a well-earned tradition of hospitality. Designated as one of France's "100 Most Beautiful Villages," Auvillar is set on the broad green Garonne River, with clearly visible remnants of ancient hilltop fortifications, monuments that go back centuries, nearby medieval cathedrals and museums to explore. The weekly farmer’s market is a highlight, and there are also a butcher shop, bakery, pharmacy, tabac, post office and public email access, plus six eateries, ranging from a pizzeria to a four-star restaurant. The region is noted for medieval villages, Faïence pottery, troubadour singing, cassoulet, foie gras, strawberries, exquisite wines and tantalizing cheeses.

Monday, April 10, 2006

by joan

by joan, originally uploaded by carbonator.

here we have joan's "divine" visual poem. that's her on the crucifix. text is also by joan.

by yasbel

by yasbel, originally uploaded by carbonator.

spinning poem cover is collaged with Dali's painting.


yasbel2, originally uploaded by carbonator.

yasbel wrote a spinning poem in the tradition of Duchamp.

willa 2

willa 2, originally uploaded by carbonator.

willa created an earring poem. superb!

aaron blowing

aaron blowing, originally uploaded by carbonator.

my student with an interactive visual poem

Monday, March 06, 2006


byjoan1, originally uploaded by carbonator.

the second panel of joan's diptic are pictures of her dogma nude and half a doll. there are sweet grapes to be had around her thighs.


byjoan2, originally uploaded by carbonator.

joan's piece comes in two panels. this one is made from torn text from the book of mormon with a hot red chilli pepper about to penetrate the center.


byyasbel, originally uploaded by carbonator.

yasbel's poem is written on a pair of clean victoria's secret panties.


byHalley, originally uploaded by carbonator.

Halley's piece is the cloth hidden inside the teddy bear.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


bycyd, originally uploaded by carbonator.

cyd's piece is text collaged on top of a flip flop sandal. the poem centers on definitions of the term "filipina." the fetishized filipina (by whom? mostly icky western men!).

Saturday, February 11, 2006

by maya may

by maya may, originally uploaded by carbonator.

maya's piece is text over a photo she took in a buenos aires (argentina) subway. i like the grainy movement in the image.

Friday, February 10, 2006


bykate, originally uploaded by carbonator.

kate's piece is framed in two panels. the left is a painting by her with collaged text. the right is satin and a loped baby jesus hand over flowers.


bymeredith, originally uploaded by carbonator.

meredith's poem is called "spinal tap." see poem inside syringe. in our class we take our poems directly up the spine! straight!


bymarlon, originally uploaded by carbonator.

marlon made a true 3-d sudokku cube. he calls them surrdoku cubes with a nod to the surrealists. you solve the 3-d puzzle and the numbers correspond to the lines of the poem.


wila,detail, originally uploaded by carbonator.

i like the delicate touch of the lace.


bywila, originally uploaded by carbonator.

our first assignment was to make a response poem to the film i showed on a chilly monday night, Un Chien Andalou. Willa constructed three collage boxes which corresponded with the three episodes of the film.

vispo 504 survives one more semester

a new crop of vispo students and a new crop of fantastic texty images!