Latin American Concrete Poetry and Artists' Books
Concrete poetry, also called structural poetry, is a genre of poetry that utilizes language as a form of art, focusing on the literal definitions of words and ideograms rather than the subjective meaning they hold when strung together. Often words only make sense in the context of their location on the page and cannot be read in a sentence. This genre was established in 1955 when two parties, Swiss-Bolivian writer Eugen Gomringer and a group of Brazillian writers called “Noigandres,” realized they were all creating the same type of material and decided to formally define it. These writers took their inspiration from the avant-garde movement, music, mathematics, and art. Their intention in creating concrete poetry was to revitalize language and make it accessible. While concrete poetry is created in many parts of the world today, this exhibit features authors from Latin American, where the form has been strongly embraced.
Note: this exhibit can be viewed when Hillman is open -- it's located on the 2nd floor of the building, in cases directly outside of the ULS Administrative Offices, through the summer term of 2018.