48 • Poemic Blog


Poemics (POEtry + coMICS)

There are many definitions of poemics. Poemics can be understood as an art combining elements of poetry and comics, the space between poetry and comics, or a place where poetry and comics meet. Sometime poemics are classified as visual poetry, sometimes as experi- mental comics, and sometimes as both. We think poemics can be a great way of expression, perhaps that is why we create them.

Speech balloons typically show what someone says in a comic. In poemics, they can define almost anything as a vocalized expression. In many of the works included here, they move beyond this basic function and become a symbol of speech, a representation of comics, or some other visual element of concrete poetry, comics and poemics.

Authors presented here are contributors to the poemic blog (http://poemicstrip.blogspot.com) — a place where new poemics are presented and where various aspects of poemics are explored. Come and talk with us, let us share some poemic feelings!

Spoken Image: Speech Balloons in Poemics is where rigamarollers crunch amid the awkward bones of half-eaten word burgers! Pszren and crew fill bellies with poemics as knobby as the carapace of expired foie gras and as delicious as the misdeeds of mammy! Seconds please.
—Andy Martrich

The Poemics issue of Xerolage 48 features work by Piotr Szreniawski, Satu Kaikkonen, sven staelens, Mateusz Suchecki, Nele Hannes, Rosaire Appel, and Jonny Gray. The introduction by Piotr Szreniawski says "Poemics can be understood as an art combining elements of poetry and comics, the space between poetry and comics, or a place where poetry and comics meet." 

The work in Xerolage 48 indeed looks both like visual poetry and comics. Panels and 'thought bubbles' are present, but they're typically not driving a storyful narrative as a more poetical exploration of language or epiphany or philosophical inquiry or presentation of thoughts on poetics.

There's some thoughtful, provocative work here. For instance, there's a piece by Jonny Gray called EXCESS that includes this text: "He said that what gets left off is central to the design. Absence is usually more important than presence. Talk is cheap." The panels are silhouettes of ripped male torsos. With schematic diagrams overlayed in the white areas. I'm trying to lose some weight at the mo. Ya my design is to leave some of that stuff off. 

And there's a piece by Satu Kaikkonen called co'nnec ti'on that consists of linked thought bubbles. and the things in the thought bubbles are, themselves, sometimes linked to some of the other thought bubbles or things in thought bubbles.
—Jim Andrews

New hybrids arrive because a need for dual expression exists that requires attention. In this case, visual poetry and comics have decided to merge into a group of artists calling their hybrid – POEMICS. The entirety of purpose here is housed in the speech balloon and how it lives in any given situation. More specifically, in this sampler of POEMICS, the speech balloon is placed amidst signage and symbol, alphabet and phoneme. Speech is, of course, intimated by the balloon, but what utterance ensues is a quirky mirror of visual thought.  You see what could be said about seeing, and the content of that utterance is revealed by the image itself. There have been several forays into POEMICS in the past, but this latest incarnation seems more vibrant and cohesive. We hope its legs are strong, and we see even more work soon.
—Nico Vassilakis

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