Academic journal article
By Helmes, Scott
The Midwest Quarterly , Vol. 42, No. 1
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My poetry is concerned with stretching the limits of language, exploring the multifaceted concepts of meaning, and encompassing all manners of reading. It also explores the concepts of typography, printing methods, and letter forms within the modern meaning of communication. The extension beyond the oral traditions of poetry is accomplished by a variety of techniques and materials: rubberstamps, stencils, typography manipulation, and xerox/collage forms. The viewer is intended to become an active participant in the `reading' of the work, infusing their intellectual and emotional readings along with my authorship.
As a poet identified as avant-garde, the concept of prairie or plain does not readily attach itself. My work has always been derived from language and the process of creativity/observation/communication. However, I have lived on the edge between the forest and the plain, an area of transition, a divide. Many of my poems try to strip an element to its core, universal, regardless of the location I view it from. …