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Rustin Larson


Here more information about poet Rustin Larson, whose poem appeared in the January 13 issue of The New Yorker Magazine that looks like this:


Commentary on his New Yorker poem: 2014 New Yorker Poems Review

Here some more information about Rustin:

A wordpress site: Rustin Larson


Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning by Rustin Larson is available at the MUM Library. It’s also available on Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning on Amazon

Here you can listen to his MadHat sound piece called “To Cobain”:

Rustin Larson’s blog in The Iowa Source Magazine: Rustin’s Blog The Iowa Source

Rustin on Verse Daily: Rustin on Verse Daily, Bio

Rustin on Goodreads: Rustin on Goodreads

Waiting for Evening to Come, a full book: Waiting for Evening to Come

New Poems on Pirene’s Fountain:

I Still Talk to My Father

I still talk to my father in dreams.
Sometimes I see my mother from a distance.
My father always has some new form
Of industry he has created in his basement workshop
Lit by fluorescent tubes.  My mother
Calls down from the top of the stairs:
Dinner’s ready!  I, being the one who dreams
The dream, do not move.
He’s not coming, he says he’s dreaming.
My father climbs the stairs to the sounds
Of pork chops frying.  I believe
It’s early December, and a particularly cold one:
Pale frost on the window.
This is how I spend time
with those who have gone on before me.



Visual (Concrete) Poetry

One idea for your final project could be to write poetry and bind it in a book or write it on a scroll of some kind. There is a type of poetry called Visual or Concrete Poetry which relies on the intimate interrelationship between words and the white space on the page, between form and meaning. Some information on Concrete Poetry in this blog post:

Concrete Poetry on wikipedia:
Concrete Poetry

From wikipedia:
Concrete poetry or shape poetry is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on.

It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has evolved to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual elements are as important as the text.

George Herbert’s “Easter Wings”, printed in 1633 on two facing pages (one stanza per page), sideways, so that the lines would call to mind birds flying up with outstretched wings.

John Hollander, “Swan and Shadow”

And here a concrete poem by former student Leah Marie Waller, published in her collection Under the Cedar Tree (First World Publishing):

“Ode to My Foot” by Leah Marie Waller

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) was a French poet with a keen eye for visual art and the dimensions of writing. He was one of the first to explore the relationship between typography, art and poetry, especially in his later work, the Calligrammes, in which he incorporated words, letters and phrases into complex visual collages. Here you can see a lot of his work (toward bottom of link):
Words and Eggs

“Rain” by Guillaume Apollinaire (France, 1880-1918)

Translation without visuals (this time sideways):
It is raining of the voices of women as if
they were dead even in memory
It is you also that it rains marvelous
meetings of my life, oh little drops
And these reared-up clouds take themselves
to neighing an entire universe of auricular cities
Listen if it rains while regret and disdain
cry an ancient music
Listen to the falling of the bonds that
restrain you from top to bottom

Necktie by Apollinaire, from Caligrammes

Apollinaire, portrait

Apollinaire, Caliigrammes

Apollinaire, Calligrammes

Apollinaire, Caligrammes

Visual Poetry on wikipedia:
Visual Poetry

From wikipedia:
Visual poetry is poetry or art in which the visual arrangement of text, images and symbols is important in conveying the intended effect of the work. It is sometimes referred to as concrete poetry, a term that predates visual poetry, and at one time was synonymous with it.

Visual poetry was heavily influenced by Fluxus, which is usually described as being Intermedia. Intermedia work tends to blur the distinctions between different media, and visual poetry blurs the distinction between art and text. Whereas concrete poetry is still recognizable as poetry, being composed of purely typographic elements, visual poetry is generally much less text-dependent. Visual poems incorporate text, but the text may have primarily a visual function. Visual poems often incorporate significant amounts of non-text imagery in addition to text.

Here you can browse the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry:
Sackner Archive

Meg Hitchcock

And here the link to Taylor Mali’s “Post Modern Poem” on youtube from Ella’s presentation:

A Little Bit About Storyboarding

Storyboard (history and more details) on Wikipedia:
Storyboard Wikipedia

Eric Goldberg on Storyboarding:

Bill Peet’s storyboards from Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone.” From the Wizards Duel scene.

I think one of the biggest problems that we have in our business is the inability of people to visualize”. – Alfred Hitchcock

New York Times Bloggist Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman on Wikipedia:
Kalman on Wikipedia
Link to Maira Kalman’s website:
Maira Kalman Website
New York Times Blog, “And the Pursuit of Happiness”:
Kalman’s NY Times Blog

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson Interview about his childhood love of comics, his new book Habibi, plus a demonstration of his illustration skills:

Craig and Jon Thompson (his brother) doing a mural, in interview:

Craig Thompson at Strand Books talking about his new book Habibi with Bill Kartalopoulos:

Blankets on Wikipedia: Blankets Wikipedia

Blankets Book Trailer:

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi on Wikipedia:
About the Book: Persepolis
About the Author

Marjane Satrapi on Youtube, Exclusive:

Marjane Satrapi was very involve with the movie of her book. Trailer here:

First World Publishing Children’s Book Challenge

First World Publishing, founded by Rodney Charles, extends a challenge to any of my students: Write a children’s book about fearlessness.

In the children’s book market it is very important to consider your audience (and especially the age range of your audience). Do you want to write for tiny children of 4, or for young teens? It makes a big difference in the vocabulary you will use, the themes you will cover, etc. So first decide upon your audience. Going to the library to check out books can be helpful to give you some idea of the level of books in the age range you are most interested in. Children’s librarians are great resources as well.

Here is the link to the website of First World Publishing:
First World

If you have a manuscript ready (either with illustrations or without, for First World also employs illustrators), send it to me. I pre-screen all submissions and pass along the best ones to Rodney, who makes the final selection. If your work is accepted for publication, First World pays for the publishing costs via its non-profit imprint. This is a special gift to all MUM students, because Rodney wants to encourage a new generation of young people to achieve their goals and shine in the world. He also wants a new generation of kids to grow up believing they have a right to be fearless and happy.


More Book Art

Here a great link to some amazing book sculptures.
Claire McGuire, “Sculptures Made Out of Books”

13 Sculptures Made Out of Books by Claire McGuire


Books are beautiful in their own right, but these artists have managed to improve on perfection.

1. Books to infinity


This crazy miracle in a library in Prague was designed by Slovakian artist Matej Kren. There’s a mirror inside so the tunnel of books looks endless when you lean into it.

2. Books as landscapes

Guy Laramee

Montreal-based artist Guy Laramee uses the texture of the pages to give the feeling of earth and rocks in his landscape sculptures.

3. Film Star


This piece by John Latham was part of a special exhibition at the Tate Britain in 2005-2006.

4. Sunburst of books


This wall-mounted sculpture is by Colombian artist Federico Uribe.

5. The Raven

Jaron James/Su Blackwell

Paper sculptor Su Blackwell makes delicate cut-outs that appear to be rising from the center of the book.



This sculpture made from a dictionary is by artist Michael Mandiberg.

7. Book ball


This sphere made out of books is in Minneapolis.

8. Paging M.C. Escher

Brian Dettmer

This sculptor carves angular pathways into books, making convoluted three-dimensional figures worthy of M.C. Escher.

9. Sunset

Cara Barer

This book is reminiscent of wild, rainbow hair.

10. Creepy-crawlies


Robert The unlocks creatures hiding inside books.

11. Color wheel


This colorful sculpture is at Kansas City Public Library.

12. Books as canvas


Artist Mike Stilkey uses acrylic paint on backdrops made out of books, including this piece on display at the Bristol Museum.

13. Flying books


This is the ceiling of a booth made out of books by Jan Reymond for the Geneva Book Fair.

Cloth Cover Bookbinding Tutorial


Art Book Slideshow

1590RoundBookHere you can download the art book slideshow we watched in class:



Ideas for art books on Pinterest: Pinterest Art Books: Forms and Techniques

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