Poems Without Words - Fernando Aguiar

Poems Without Words - Fernando Aguiar


Published by Timglaset Editions

Fernando Aguiar is a magician and Poems Without Words is testament to his ability to create something beautiful, baffling and funny out of the smallest particles of language. These 103 minimalist poems investigate the aesthetic, communicative and structural potential inherent in single letters, punctuation marks and graphemes. Playing with scale and shape Aguiar lets us encounter the atoms of language in their full glory.

 At the center of this collection sits the chapter “Poems in K” which over the course of 16 poems manages to give one of the least sexy letters of the alphabet a whole new glow. Who knew that K could be such a fountain of marvel?

 Composed in 1991-92, using dry transfer lettering, these poems have never before been collected in their entirety. Many of them have been published before in chapbooks, magazines and anthologies long since out of print. Poems Without Words contains not only all 103 poems in the sequence, collected for the first time and divided into 15 chapters, but also an introduction by the author and documentation of how some of the poems have been reused in gallery settings, as sculptures and even as the basis for a performance.

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