Websites and online resources for the world of concrete and visul poetry.
The Poetry Library
Holder of the Arts Council's fully-catalogued collection of modern poetry since 1912, the Poetry Library's website offers access to the catalogue, a guide to current poetry magazines, and details of their enquiry service: if you can remember a line of poetry but not the source, the poetry librarians are the people to ask.
Vispoets discussion board
A broadly focused and busy discussion board for contemporary visual poets and their followers. Discussions range from favourite typewriters and photocopiers to calls for submissions, and a forum for images of classic concrete poetry works. In the words of the founders, "a free set of tools, a free armature, a free playground".
A full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. Browse by magazine or genre, or search for a specific work or poet.
Concrete Poetry: A World View, by Mary Ellen Solt on Ubuweb
Solt's seminal 1968 article on the worldwide state of concrete poetry. Ubuweb's vast online avant-garde archive also contains many examples of experimental poetry and conceptual writing.
The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Ruth and Marvin Sackner's Miami Beach-based collection of books, prints, drawings, ephemera and more. Browse the collection by artist or keyword to see examples of artists' sketches, notebooks and other historical works.
Tom Phillips' A Humument
The official site of Tom Phillips' ever-evolving book-based artwork, now in its fourth edition. Includes a full slide show of nearly 200 spreads.
Concrete poetry generator
A Flash-based tool with which to create, save and print your own experiments in concrete poetry.
The Little Sparta Trust looks after Ian Hamilton Finlay's Scottish garden of poetry and sculpture. The website contains the history of the garden and details of visiting hours.
Christopher Johnson's ASCII Art Collection
Vast, thematic collection of ASCII Art: pictures made of letters from the days before the internet regularly carried graphics, but popular long after. Johnson's personal collection of everything he's ever received dates from 1994.
Concrete Poetry: Links, Indexes, Bibliography, and Some Poems
Michael P. Garofalo's index of online concrete poetry websites, works and resources.
Malgorzata Kitowski runs regular screenings of films based on poems, poems turned into films, poet-filmmaker collaborations, text-based films, and other avant-garde text/image material.
Exploring Creative Words and Poetry
Active flickr pool of images involving poetry and words.
Vispo ~ Langu(im)age
Interactive, visual, and sound poetry by Jim Andrews. Includes animated poems and interactive tools and games, including arteroids, a literary video game.
Peter McCarey's ongoing poetic work built around a 3-dimensional map of syllables, and a potential poem for each monosyllabic word.
An tool with which you can play with letters as graphic elements, creating your own concrete work.
A tool for creating 'word clouds' from any text or document.
The Poetry Archive
Andrew Motion and Richard Carrington's audio archive of poets reading their own work.
The Poetry Society
Nationwide organisation promoting the study and enjoyment of poetry.