The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century

The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century


The New Concrete is a long-overdue survey of the rise of concrete poetry in the digital age. The accessibility of digital text and image manipulation, modern print techniques and the rise of self-publishing have invigorated a movement that first emerged in an explosion of literary creativity during the 1950s and 1960s. This new volume is a highly illustrated overview of contemporary artists and poets working at the intersection of visual art and literature, producing some of the most engaging and challenging work in either medium.

Featuring an introductory essay by renowned American poet Kenneth Goldsmith and edited by celebrated poets Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe, The New Concrete is an indispensable introduction to the breadth of concrete poetry being produced today.

The New Concrete features new works by poets and artists including Jordan Abel, Vito Acconci, mIEKAL aND, Tauba Auerbach, Fiona Banner, Simon Barraclough, Michael Basinski, Erica Baum, Victoria Bean, Derek Beaulieu, David Bellingham, Caroline Bergvall, Jen Bervin, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Jaap Blonk, Christian Bök, Sean Bonney, Jean-François Bory, Pavel Büchler, Augusto de Campos, Francesca Capone, Antonio Claudio Carvalho, Bariş Çetinkol, Henri Chopin, Paula Claire, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Tom Comitta, Judith Copithorne, Simon Cutts, Natalie Czech, Bob Dahlquist, Wally Depew, Johanna Drucker, Jesse Patrick Ferguson, Peter Finch, Alec Finlay with Ray DiPalma, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Rachel E. Foster, S.J. Fowler, John Furnival, Philip Gallo, Ilse Garnier, Pierre Garnier, John Giorno, Marco Giovenale, Eugen Gomringer, Roel Goussey, Scott Helmes, Henningham Family Press, Sophie Herxheimer, James Hoff,  Karl Holmqvist, Jenny Holzer, Susan Howe, Geof Huth, Serkan Işın, Tom Jenks, Julie Johnstone, Leandro Katz, Sarah Kelly, Ronald King, John Kinsella, Anatol Knotek, Christopher Knowles, Márton Koppány, Richard Kostelanetz, Daniel Lehan, Ruark Lewis, Simon Lewty, Liliane Lijn, Tony Lopez with John S. Webb, Donato Mancini, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Hansjörg Mayer, Chris McCabe, Steve McCaffery, Kevin Mcpherson eckhoff, nick-e melville, David Miller, Stuart Mills, Franz Mon, Robert Montgomery, Edwin Morgan, Gustav Morin, Rick Myers, Clemente Padin, Tom Phillips, Décio Pignatari, Jörg Piringer, Cia Rinne, Colin Sackett, Aram Saroyan, Richard Skelton, W. Mark Sutherland, Greg Thomas, Nick Thurston, Sue Tompkins, Andrew Topel, Cecil Touchon, Barrie Tullett, André Vallias, Nico Vassilakis, Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, Sam Winston, Cerith Wyn Evans, Ercan y Yılmaz and Eric Zboya.

Edited by Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe
Essay by Kenneth Goldsmith

July 2015
240 pages
27 x 25 cm
168 illustrations
ISBN 978 1 85332 328 7
Design by Robert Boon

Victoria Bean is a poet and artist living in London, and is a founding member of Arc Editions. Her work has been shown at the Tate, ICA, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and collected by university libraries throughout the US . As well as co-editing this anthology, she has hand-typed The World Geography of Concrete Poetry — a metre-long history of the early concrete poetry movement. Her first collection, Caught, was published in 2011, and another collection is due in 2016.

Chris McCabe is the author of four collections of poetry, the latest being Speculatrix. His collaborative project with Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2014. He is the author of two plays, Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats, which have been performed in London and Liverpool, and a prose book, In the Catacombs. He works as the Poetry Librarian at The Poetry Library. He edited the third series of concrete-influenced ‘p.o.w.’ broadsides.

Kenneth Goldsmith is a poet living in New York City. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb ( and teaches poetry and poetic practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, he was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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"An absolutely beautiful stylish volume, a real pleasure to (be) hold" – Critic Oliver Dixon

"Beautifully produced volume" – Popshot magazine 

"The collection is as much a beautiful compendium of the form as it is a fascinating tour of how we interact
with physicality in the digital age" – Archinet magazine 

"Edited by Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe, The New Concrete offers a striking, true-to-type overview of concrete
poetry being produced today" – Wallpaper

"The form of the book, with its deliciously sparse, embossed cover and subtly nuanced typographic style, perfectly
carries the theme of poetic collisions between word and image" – Grafik

"Sumptuously designed, colourful and beguiling anthology (...) The joy of this book comes from the exuberance
and vitality of the range of international contributors, the spread of generations (...) and in opening any of its
pages to be startled, excited and moved by words" – Tears in the Fence blog



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