INTRODUCTION: Materiality, creativity and material poetics

Caren Florance, Jen Webb, Jordan Williams

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Material poetics is not a new concept. The last century has seen the boundaries of creative genres dissolve, allowing attentiveness to materiality — once the exclusive concern of sculpture and craft — to pervade and tantalise less tangible practices. The development of a digital realm has not destroyed materiality, as originally feared, but served to foreground it; and the collaboration that can take place between digital and analogue, verbal and visual, is what drives this issue.
Writers such as Kristen Kreider, Lyn Hejinian, Astrid Lorange, and others deal with language, its material properties, its affinitive qualities. Creative practitioners in general work with physical, tangible materials – everything from paper and paint through to the body. Creative writers deal in that most immaterial human construct: language; yet despite the ephemerality of their medium, they too respond to the material world, experiment with it, and make essays into the domain of the visual and the felt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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