lettrism


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lettrism

a technique of poetic composition originated by Isidore Isou, characterized by strange or meaningless arrangements of letters.
See also: Verse
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This signal was not radio waves from outer space, not random arrangements of letters generated by a machine, not avant-garde Lettrism; there was a human intelligence behind the message.
"Whitman's Metro-Poetic Lettrism: The Mannahatta Skyline as Sentence, Syntax, and Spell." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 35 (Summer 2017), 88-114.
A cluster of abstract works explore "hurufiyya" (lettrism), which incorporated Arabic script into painting.
This analysis underpins movements such as the Situationists (1957-72), a small group of Parisian artists and intellectuals led by Guy Debord, who were influenced by avant-garde traditions such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and Lettrism. Emerging out of the tense political climate of the Cold War, they focused on transcending the conventional tendency for culture and the arts to be formally separated both from themselves and from their audiences.
The Vanguard Messiah: Lettrism Between Jewish Mysticism and the Avant-Garde
Among the topics are religious authority and apocalypse: tafsir as experience in an early work by the Bab, Twelver Shi'i Mahdi doctrine and its discussion in writings of Baha Allah, the occult challenge to philosophy and messianism in early Timurid Iran: Ibn Turka's lettrism as a new metaphysics, the Medieval Turkish saint Kaygusuz Abdal and the formation of vernacular Islam in Anatolia, and Persian Nuqtawis and the shaping of the doctrine of universal concilliation (sulh-i kull) in Mughal India.
There are chapters on Mallarme, Raymond Roussel, Cocteau, Epstein, Breton, and Cendrars, as well as post-World War II schools such as Lettrism, and the more recent work of Max Jeanne, Maurice Roche, and Nelly Kaplan.
Although anabolism and catabolism in modernist poetry are not to be seen as pure categories (these two tendencies seldom intersect as they do in the modernist technique of montage), in modernism catabolic poetry occurred far more frequently and in its extreme forms (i.e., Lettrism, Dadaism) and the resulting text was devoid partially or entirely of any semantic content.
Lettrism, Dadaism) the resulting text was devoid partially or entirely of any semantic content.
He also explains how the notion of the spectacular had originated with the Situationists that was influenced by the avant-garde movements Dada, Surrealism and Lettrism which sought to transform art into everyday life in order to overcome the ways that creativity of the people had become crippled and stifled under modern capitalism.
Closely akin to the Beatnik experiments with language and the lettrism of concrete poetry, Weiner's aesthetic sensibility is actually more in line with Kerouac, Burroughs, Geyson, and Ginsburg.