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Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. – Márton Koppány will give a presentation/reading of his minimalist visual poetry.  Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 5th floor, 37 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60603.
Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. – Márton Koppány will lead a small workshop on visual poetry. Please contact the Chicago Poetry Project if you are interested in attending.  (New) Corpse Space, 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave. (2nd floor), Chicago, IL 60622
About himself, Koppány writes: “Born in 1953, I’m a writer and editor living in Budapest, Hungary. I started writing something that turned out to be ‘visual poetry’ thirty years ago because by the late seventies I’d understood that if I didn’t want to give up the faint hope of communicating, I should ‘get rid’ of my mother tongue. So the main source of my way is a deficiency, which makes things simple in some sense. 

Artist Statement:
My inclinations have always directed me towards the (actual, ever-changing) limits of verbal communication. But I don’t distrust/need/enjoy words more or less than the empty spaces between them, the sheet of paper they are written on, the rhythm of the turning of the pages, unknown and forgotten symbols, fragments, natural formations like clouds—each of them and any combination of them may be an invitation. When I feels easy and ready to make something, I experiences their complete equivalence.”

Nearly sixty years ago, Charles Olson warned, “The poet cannot afford to traffick in any other sign than his ‘one’,” preparing the way whether he knew it or not for Márton Koppány to take leave of his native Hungarian and to move into English, where for more than two decades he has been creating traffic signs with the gleeful abandon of a deranged city planner with an advanced degree in Dada. Language is our great connecting principle and Koppány’s language artfully breaks, reduces, and repairs poetry with a metaphysician’s discomfort and a with a physician’s healing touch.

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