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Poem Brut #117 – AI Asemics published 29/04/2021

© Mikael Buck

These works resulted from training an Ai image generation algorithm with my asemic writing – the outputs from the algorithm I then used as raw material for these pieces. This is something I have been experimenting with recently using photography and I wanted to see how this technology would interpret asemic writing. In a nutshell these algorithms ‘dream’ up images for you based on the library of imagery that you train it with. This is a technology that will most likely be extremely prevalent at some point in the not too distant future. How quickly it will develop, who can say, but when it reaches fruition we can expect that it will be almost everywhere, and before long we will forget that it’s there.

In the 117th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Mikael Buck.

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Poem Brut #116 – Automatism published 16/04/2021

In the beginning I approached visual poetry with the sense of needing to find a narrative, but then I found the more powerful, more liberating flows, arose when the rational mind went quiet and spontaneity was allowed to guide the hand, without the interruptions of teasing thoughts trying to force a pattern. The pattern could weave itself, the artist as perplexed and inspired by the resulting object as anyone. In this sense, in retrospect, I perceive a degree of automatism in the approach.

In the 116th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Thomas Helm.

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Poem Brut #115 – L’Inferno under Revision published 08/04/2021

The page of literature has retained its ontotheological reputation. Before the built environment of the grapheme can be figured, before writing can be marked, certain prepropositional circumstances are supposed necessary that any project going under the name of art commence. Such discursive biases, however, besides being redundantly geocentric (for, one can route them to, say, architecture’s prepropositional ground), are apparently ignorant of a certain ongoing immanence, just as primordial as it is momentary: as Leon Battista Alberti inscribed, “QVID TVM?”

In the 115th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Albe Harlow.

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Love in Panic Time published 23/03/2021

I burned everything, even
The art, so called. Don’t panic.

You should have seen the oil
Stain the sky and then rain down
In greasy drops.

A new poem by Nicholas Rombes.

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Duos #19 – Adverts for Actual Hats published 06/03/2021

The poems are taken from a series, Adverts for Actual Hats, in which William Repass and Dan Ivec observed a number of Ivec’s illustrations – all featuring a hat of some sort – and dreamed together prose poems which act as deranged commercials for the hats seen in the drawings. If the reader is understandably covetous of such headgear, they may direct queries via Instagram: @escalator_harrison

In the 19th of the Duos series, new poetry by Dan Ivec and William Repass.

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Poem Brut #114 – The Goddess Lens published


In the 114th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Pascal O’Loughlin.

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Poem Brut 113 – Fire Signs published 08/02/2021

‘These found texts are from a fire precautions sign at a disused textiles mill in Farley, near Leeds. It was demolished soon after. The long, elaborate wording seemed to me to offer up other meanings.’

In the 113th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Mark L Valentine.

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Duos #18 – The Earth Will Come to Laugh and Feast. published 01/02/2021

The book evokes the strong bond between art and literature, and of ekphrastic writing that evokes images by highlighting hidden relationships and implied mysteries. The result is a moving collection of poems and short stories revealing the profound state of existence and the fate of our torment, the inevitability of suffering, and of our helplessness from pain.

As Tinti says “This partnership moves from the rubble, passes through cemeteries, sniffs out the signs of what has gone. Roger Ballen’s photos, my words, are a kind of defense against the terrible power of death. They are an accumulation of enthusiasm, injuries, obsessions. They are effigies composed to disturb the reader, to ambush the thought, the things.”

In the 18th of the Duos series, new poetry by Gabriele Tinti and Roger Ballen.

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Poem Brut #112 – Horoscopes published 22/01/2021

These poems are collaged horoscopes cut out from Harper’s Baazar’s “real” horoscopes.

In the 112th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Ariadne Radi Cor.

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Poem Brut #111 – Karen Carcia published 19/01/2021

These pieces come out of thinking about the gap between language and perception, between thought and utterance, thought and mark-making. They come out of the tradition of erasure poetry and steady stitching as a response, approach and way into world.

In the 111th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Karen Carcia.

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