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I dance upon the fine line of the written word and than jump off the edge of the visual experience. Something called Visual Poetry is the result.


Background Information

I have been writing poetry of one form or another since early 1990.  My early work was an undisciplined form of free verse that I used to keep my mind and heart on the same page.  Later, I began to study all traditional methods of poetry from the sonnet to the villanelle.  I grew quite fond of many french forms of poetry.  

Robert Frost is one of my earliest influences.  He showed me through poetry that once you learn the art and get a good grasp of things such as iambic pentatmeter, rhyme and rhythm, you can expand upon them.  Not so much as breaking the rules, but bending them with the ultimate goal of reaching a place where the rules no longer apply.

I discovered concrete or visual poetry on accident.  I came across the famous calligramer, Guillaume Apollinaire, and became fascinated by his use of word and visual messages and began to try if for myself.  I began using my mind as a photographer of emotions, and simply captured images and combined them with words until  I too discovered the knack for concrete poetry. 

This collection of visual poetry, "Signs of LIfe" is the result of a lot of hard work and fusion of all that I've learned and seen in my mind's eye, and this experience has taken me on a journey of self discovery this last year. 

What I like most about this form of poetry is that it pushes the edges of poetry and forces it to expand and destory the boxes of thought that some would try to contain it in.  I believe all good poetry should strive to do this while maintaining the heart and mind of the individual through expression.   

Thanks for listening,

ecko.

Birth Place
Portsmouth, VA USA
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PRESS RELEASE 9/26/10: John Ecko's new book, "Madhouse Theater" is now available. From the collaborative madness of story teller and poet, Scott Scherr, and visual poet, John Ecko, comes this twisted collection of short stories, poetry, and visual nightmares from the darkest corners of their unbalanced minds. The stage is set, our props have been sharpened and our cast of characters are ready to perform their torture on you, fair reader. Within these pages wait a vast assortment of sickos, maniacs, boogeyman, monsters, myths, ghosts and much, much more. Please, take your seats and welcome to the theater. We hope you enjoy the show...although you’ve been here all along. For an expanded preview, please visit the Madhouse Theater homepage at: http://madhousetheater.wordpress.com

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NEW BOOK: Madhouse Theater
From the collaborative madness of story teller and poet, Scott Scherr, and visual poet, John Ecko, comes this twisted collection of short stories, poetry, and visual nightmares from the darkest corners of their unbalanced minds. The stage is set, our props have been sharpened and our cast of characters are ready to perform their torture on you, fair reader. Within these pages wait a vast assortment of sickos, maniacs, boogeyman, monsters, myths, ghosts and much, much more. Please, take your seats and welcome to the theater. We hope you enjoy the show...although you’ve been here all along. For an expanded preview, please visit the Madhouse Theater homepage at: http://madhousetheater.wordpress.com

BOOK: Signs of Life, A Book of Visual Poetry
Signs of Life is a unique collection of visual/concrete poems that stretch the imagination, taking the reader on a journey beneath the surface of man. From love to hate, politics to religion, the beautiful to the macabre; this book explores the many footprints left by the human race for the better, and sometimes the worse.

Madhouse Theater Preview Page
Here you will find a preview of my new book, where to leave reviews and ratings and purchasing information.

Eckovision's Visual Poetry
My own personal site for others to come share, promote and discuss visual poetry. Please feel free to contact me there.






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