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update March 31

New links in the websites tab: 

under Web Resources

a glossary of poetic terms from the University of Toronto

under Archives

American Verse Project, an electronic archive of American poetry written before 1920

Representative Poetry Online, a searchable database of poets and poems (and much more!) from the Univ. of Toronto

under Organizations

a link to the Community Word Project, a NYC-based arts-in-education organization for children in under-served communities.


Also, images from Ojos Numerosos by Mark Mendel.  This is a particular favorite with us here at The Guide (as we say, me and the mouse in my pocket!). As always, information about additional resources, especially here at Bard, will  be most appreciated!


    Ojos Numerosos (for George Oppen)


    Ojos Numerosos (for George Oppen)


    About Ojos Numerosos

    These images are from the website Cambridge Wall Poetry

    Line Transmitter Installation - A Poem in the Environment
    Author(s): Mendel, Mark

    Abstract: Ojos Numerosos is a poem of twenty-three three-line stanzas. It was written to be painted on the sides of buildings, on viaducts, and on other urban surfaces where graffiti is typically found. The verses are in random series and are interchangeable within the poem. They form a chain in the experience of the person moving about town. People confront this poem as they do graffiti or corporate-graffiti/advertising every day. Poetry predates writing and printing. The recent tradition of poetics as a possession of the educated elite grew from its confinement to the printed page; I want this poem to fit the viaduct as the sonnet was once felt to fit the page. This is the sprayed word--the continuous simultaneous transmission of a poem into the environment.

    The Journal of Typographical Research,(now Visible Language) volume 9 no 3, 1975



    From the Oxford English Dictionary:


    1.  Imaginative or creative literature in general; fable, fiction.

    2. The art or work of a poet.

    a) Composition in verse or some comparable patterned arrangement of language in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; the art of such a composition.

    Traditionally associated with explicit formal departure from the patterns of ordinary speech or prose, e.g. in the use of elevated diction, figurative     language, and syntactical reordering.


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