Revolutions: A Collaboration
Revolutions is a unique collaboration between poet John Matthias, printmaker Jean Dibble, and critic Robert Archambeau. Two poetic sequences by Matthias, “The HIJ” and “After Five Words Englished from the Russian” generate, first, a corresponding sequence of poster-poems by Dibble and, second, a series of “free commentaries” by Archambeau. “The HIJ,” emerging initially from an alphabetical game using chance operations in the Dictionary, eventually produces something of a character and a narrative, both of which are probed by the artist and commentator. The “Five Words” are translated from Russian poet Osip Mandelstam’s “He Who Finds a Horseshoe.” Again, the poster-poems enlarge on the text and the commentaries complete a sequence of revolutions without resolutions.
modernism, poetry, illustration, poster-poem
Illustration | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Modern Literature | Poetry
Matthias, John; Archambeau, Robert; Dibble, Jean; and Mandelstam, Osip, "Revolutions: A Collaboration" (2017). Faculty Authored Books. 15.