“The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008” edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill

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The Last Vispo Anthology does not need whatever small promotion our humble Mink Ranch can offer. It appears to be doing very well. If, however, any tenderfoots with an interest in visual poetry have not seen it, you might want to check out this valuable resource.

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We believe Nico Vassilikis and Crag Hill have done exceptional work organizing and representing a global wave of visual poetry. Crag Hill, in particular, was for many years a force in concrete and visual poetry on the USA West Coast (he seems to now have removed himself to The Heartland). The various iterations of his Score publications are essential.

Here is the main link to the anthology site:


What might be particularly useful is this link to a list of visual poetry blogs and websites. Many visual poets participate in mail-art, so it is a great way to connect:


What is very notable is how male-dominated this list is. Being MinXus-Lynxus, we are very aware of all the impressive work being done by women. In fact, from our perspective, the majority of visual poets are women.

What up, guys?

Not another dead and walking dead white male academy forming, we hope.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dustin Ray Hamby
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 22:00:02

    I think we should all have sex changes. MTF!! That a way, we can further the cause for everyone.


  2. minkrancher
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:16:39

    Howdy Dustin de Wind, mighty nice of you to stop by the Mink Ranch.

    You is one close reader. When I was dictatin that there blog to Dw, I says: “Maybe we shouldn’t be callin those folks out. After all, they has done much for vispo & some of ’em are even old & dear friends.”

    Dw says: “Rancher, a polecat aint a mink. So you can’t call a polecat a mink iffin you is bein truthful. And if there is polecats about you got to tell people cause next thing you know they’ll be in yer truck chewin out the wires.”

    Now a fella at Yoma from Belgium, he went off bad on “The Last Vispo Anthology” & we don’t hold that that the anthology is a bad thing a tall – although we have made the decision not to submit our own humble creations to “journals” & “magazines” with editors & policies & such.

    Y’all come back now – & thanks for the work you sent!


  3. Dustin Ray Hamby
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 01:58:11

    True y’all! A polecat ain’t a mink. But, I think diversity can always be found in confusion and distraction. At least, that’s what my 11th toe told me.


  4. Dark wall
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 15:41:37

    I’m with Dustin de Wind. You can’t trust nothin if you can’t trust your 11th toe.


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