Object Permanence

How does the calligramme take place?

This essay defines the poetic form of the calligramme (also known as the pattern poem, or technopaignia), provides a micro-history of the form in Western literature, before exploring how, with reference to Apollinaire’s Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War (1913-1916) and Foucault’s This Is Not a Pipe, the poems in Object Permanence: Calligrammes (Puncher & Wattmann/Thorny Devil Press 2022) took shape. It also explores how, via Goethe, the calligrammes use colour, and why, via Piaget, their taking shape is a kind of poetic object permanence.

Every Book its Reader

Quarantine Public Library

Quarantine Public Library is a US-based repository of books made by artists, which Tracy Honn and Katie Garth established in July 2020. The books in the library are for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away.