The April 1 opening of TEXTual ARTivity, a visual poetry exhibition at The Human Bean coffee shop in Cobourg, Ontario, featured readings by poets in attendance. Wally Keeler, one of the organizers, was good enough to videotape and upload the readings to YouTube.
Below is my reading, in which I present Robert Zend’s exhibited typescape, “Peapoteacock” and read “My Most Beautiful Poems,” from Zend’s book From Zero to One
PS TEXTual ARTivity will continue as an annual event in Cobourg, and that’s great news!
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Tagged art exhibition, Cobourg Ontario, From Zero to One, My Most Beautiful Poems, Robert Zend, TEXTual ARTivity, The Human Bean, Vispo, visual poetry, Wally Keeler
I’m excited to announce (with the help of colourized Zend doodles) that Natalie Zend has created The Robert Zend Website. It’s a beautiful tribute to her father and a useful resource for anyone wishing to enjoy and purchase his books and art, and to learn more about his work. Here’s a screenshot of the home page with a link to the site:
Since I started writing about Zend, people have emailed me asking where they can find his work, as many titles are scarce and out-of-print.
The great news is that most of these are now readily available for purchase on The Robert Zend Website, for as long as inventory lasts. The titles include books such as Daymares, Nicolette, and From Zero to One. And of special note to aficionados of typewriter art and concrete poetry, Zend’s portfolio of sixteen “typescapes” entitled Arbormundi (1982), published by bill bissett’s legendary blewointment press, is now available.
The website is already a terrific repository of visual art and audiofiles. In addition, both published and hitherto unpublished materials, including excerpts from Zend’s magnum opus, Oāb, are available on the site by voluntary donation. And Natalie reports that much more will be uploaded over the coming months.
Soon after I began publishing Robert Zend: Poet without Borders, poet Mark Truscott wrote me to express his support of my project, saying that we need to take better care of our literary forebears. The website that Natalie Zend has created does just that, and helps to ensure that her father’s legacy lives on.
Please have a look, enjoy his creative effervescence, consider purchasing one or more titles and offering a donation for the free materials, and leave a comment in the guest registry.
Do you know any Zendophiles-in-waiting? Invite them to check out the website too!
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Tagged Arbormundi, Beyond Labels, bill bissett, blewointment press, Daymares, From Zero to One, John Robert Colombo, Mark Truscott, Natalie Zend, Nicolette, Oāb, Robert Zend, The Robert Zend Website, typescapes
Vispo Exhibit in Cobourg, Ontario:
Location: The Human Bean Coffee Shop
Duration: April 2014
Opening reception: April 1, 7:30 pm, with special guest Bill Bissett
I continue to be amazed at what a dedicated group of poets can do to put their town — Cobourg, Ontario, about an hour east of Toronto — on the poetry map in a big way. The Poetry in Cobourg Spaces committee (Ted Amsden, Wally Keeler, Katriona Dean, and James Pickersgill) came up with the brilliant idea to host TEXTual ARTivity, a visual poetry exhibition during National Poetry Month at The Human Bean, a coffeehouse in downtown Cobourg. The list of participants includes Canadian and American visual poets, some active since the 1960s.
The exibition will feature one of my ransom note collages (shown in the image below) as well as work by many others:
Angela Rawlings, Derek Beaulieu, Robert Zend, Bill Bissett, Helen Hajnoczky, Lindsay Cahill, Mark Laliberte, Jenny Sampirisi, Eric Schmaltz, Angela Szczepaniak, Gregory Betts & Neil Hennessy, Pearl Pirie, Eric Winter, Jessica Smith, Ted Amsden, Sharon Harris, Cliff Bell-Smith, Mary McKenzie, Wally Keeler, Katriona Dean, Gary Barwin, Judith Copithorne, michael j. casteels, Alixandra Bamford, Em Lawrence and Dan Waber
Click the image below for a generous article about the exhibit by Cecilia Nasmith in Northumberland Today:
Zendophiles will be interested to know that Robert Zend’s typescape Peapoteacock will be on exhibit:
Robert Zend, who is legendary in the field, will be represented by a playful piece his widow supplied, in which his words form intertwining pictures of a peacock and a teapot.
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Tagged Alixandra Bamford, and James Pickersgill, Angela Rawlings, Angela Szczepaniak, bill bissett, Camille Martin, Cecilia Nasmith, Cliff Bell-Smith, Cobourg in Public Spaces, Cobourg Ontario, computer poetry, concrete poetry, Dan Waber, Derek Beaulieu, Em Lawrence, Eric Schmaltz, Eric Winter, Gary Barwin, Gregory Betts, Helen Hajnoczky, Jenny Sampirisi, Jessica Smith, Judith Copithorne, Katriona Dean, Lindsay Cahill, Mark Laliberte, Mary McKenzie, michael j. casteels, National Poetry Month, Neil Hennessy, Northumberland Today, Peapoteacock, Pearl Pirie, Robert Zend, Sharon Harris, Ted Amsden, TEXTual ARTivity, The Human Bean, typewriter art, Vispo, visual poetry, Wally Keeler