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The Underwater Typewriter: Collage and Marc Zegans’s Tangible Poetry

The Underwriter Typewriter

Marc Zegans’s new collection of poems, The Underwater Typewriter, is poetry made tangible. One can feel it as well as see it, smell and taste it as well as hear it. Like a work by a master craftsman, it is beautifully and delicately wrought; yet the poem invites us to take it up, turn it

Collage’s Crystal Kingdom

We commonly speak of the animal and plant kingdoms. Yet there is also a third kingdom: the mineral kingdom, the Crystal Kingdom underlying the other two kingdoms in subtle ways...

The Collaged World of Tom Tit

In the late nineteenth century, French author and caricaturist Arthur Good wrote a long series of weekly articles entitled La Science Amusante (or Amusing Science)...

Collage After the Storm

Rimbaud redefined poetry by juxtaposing unrelated images in prose poems, a form pioneered by John Milton and William Blake.

The Sacred and Profane Collages of Arthur Rimbaud

The poet Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud was one of the chief forerunners of the Surrealist movement. He was a poet-prodigy who produced all of his known work before he turned twenty-one and entirely renounced literature thereafter...

Fine-feathered Collage

The birds take part in dramas that would do credit to any of the great playwrights...

The Count of Collage

The poet Isidore-Lucien Ducasse, better known under his pseudonym of the "Comte de Lautréamont," was a crucial forerunner of, and inspiration for, the Surrealists...

Arcimboldo’s Collage

More than four hundred years ago, Giuseppe Arcimboldo created a series of extraordinary collage-portraits...

Juan Gris: Profile in Collage

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Juan Gris, Cubist co-originator of collage and found-object art.

His Doll’s Voice: a Collage Sequel to “Bébé Marie Presents”

Imagine if a Victorian talking doll still existed, in working condition, able to play again the speech of a woman long gone. It might be the only evidence that this woman once lived--a weak and scratchy recording giving voice to the tedious factory routine of her days one hundred and thirty years ago. A spoken memorial to her soul.

Bébé Marie Presents …

Sometime in the early twentieth century, the American artist Joseph Cornell paid a visit to his cousin Ethel. An only child, Ethel lived alone in a "Hudson River-type" house, as Cornell's sister Betty described it. During his visit and while rummaging around in the basement or attic of Ethel's house, Cornell found a large Victorian