Vernon Frazer


Visual Poetry from IMPROVISATIONS

Vernon Frazer's IMPROVISATIONS starts out in a relatively straightforward fashion, as a free-form poem on the experience of enjoying art. As the book progresses, concepts and forms are regressively revisited and re-analyzed, and the poem becomes increasingly strange in form. The earlier sections lend linguistic comprehensibility to the later sections, which are arranged less and less like a poem, and more like contemporary visual art. The final pages are almost entirely nonverbal, but still an expression of language, based on themes established throughout the text.

The art selections below are taken from the last 200 pages of IMPROVISATIONS. They appear in black-and-white in the book.

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