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Vince Laws is a poet, artist, performer, campaigner. He writes poetry, performs poetry and makes visual poetry, paintings, collage, posters, film, installations and recordings: “As an artist, I define what art is. As a poet, I define what a poem is. If my art can be anything from a painting to a concept, so can my poetry. I am a poem.”

Vince Laws considers 'audacity' and makes another version of 'i am a poem'

14 July 2010


photo of a reflection in a shop window showing Vince Laws I am a Poem sculpture

...and one day in the future at a university lecture a lass will lift a languid limb and ask, almost seductively if you the poet, writing this now really had the audacity all those years ago to write 'work as good as this got me here I want to make a visual representation of the poem audacity, above, to go in a gallery window. I’ve cut out postcard letters spelling audacity. I’m going to suspend audacity in front of a mirror so it looks like it’s hanging in the air....

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Vince Laws is a burning poem

10 July 2010


photo of a series of painted and carved books in amongst some grass

I’m right in the middle of getting a window installation together and I thought I’d share part of it with you. I’m treating the whole gallery window as my canvas. On the windowsill there will be a row of old poetry books. I have cut them into letters that spell, I AM A POEM. I used Ezra Pound for the I because he said, “Make it new!” – and I try to oblige. Other poets cut up include TS Eliot, Ted Hughes, ee cummings, blah blah blah. I like the shapes the...

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