Thursday, March 29

Poems and comics

For most people, poems and comics don't seem like possible artistic bedfellows but the Poetry Foundation pointed out that the connection between them isn't too far fetched:
Heightened language—one possible or partial definition of poetry—isn’t the first thing one associates with comics. Yet comic book artists take into account the way words appear on the page to a degree poets will find familiar. How many lines should accompany each image? How high should the dialogue balloon float? The ratio of printed words to blank space plays a role in whether a poem or strip succeeds.
So it seems like a good idea to invite some graphic novelists to work with some of the 4,000+ poems from their archive. It's also a wonderful way to introduce these poems to readers who wouldn't otherwise touch poems even with a ten foot pole.

As a sampler, here's a panel from Gabrielle Bell's interpretation of Emily Dickinson's poem:

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