Visual Poetry

I have synaesthesia, which means that I blend senses together. In my case it is colour and text, and sometimes sound and colour. My particular form is called grapheme synaesthesia. This is one reason why I enjoy playing around with text in smaller units than the word. Here are a few places where you can find my attempts at visual poetry & below the links, you will find recent work, which i post on my visual poetry blog.

latest visual poetry chapbook is "une semaine dans la vie de l'alphabet" published in Puddles of Sky Press'  "Illiterature, Issue 3: a journal of minimalist poetry"

In 2012, my visual poetry was published in the Last Vispo Anthology by Fantagraphics.

Gary Barwin included a talk and interview with me about my visual poetry in his Jacket2 feature, Languageye. 



Matthew, The Vispo Bible, Knife Fork Book, 2021, Toronto, Ontario

a field guide to fanciful bugs, above/ground press, 2021, Ottawa, Ontario.

Romans, The Vispo Bible, where is the river, 2018, Toronto, Ontario

Revelation, the Vispo Bible, Timglaset Editions, 2018, Malmo, Sweden

John, the Vispo Bible, The Blasted Tree, 2018, Calgary Alberta

Ruth, the Vispo Bible, Simulacrum Press, 2018, Hamilton Ontario

Mark, the Vispo Bible, above/ground press, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario

Esther, The Vispo Bible, Puddles of Sky Press, 2017, Kingston, Ontario

Deuteronomy 2 from The Vispo Bible, pagefiftyone, 2019, British Columbia

Revelation 20 from The Vispo Bible, No Press, 2017, Calgary, Alberta

Leviticus XII, Penteract Press, 2017 UK

I Owe Saint Hildegard The Light, unarmed journal, 2016

Of the Body, Puddles of Sky Press, 2012

Bone Sapling, a collaboration with Gary Barwin, AngelHousePress, 2014

a field guide to fanciful bugs, avantacular press, 2010, USA

Montparnasse: this is visual poetry, chapbook publisher, usa, 2010





The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry from 1998 to 2008, Fantagraphics, 2012

Femmecraft – Guest 8, above/ground press, 2020

Not Your Best Visual Poetry, Knife Fork Book, 2019

unarmed 2019

Train : a journal of concrete Issue 7 Train Poetry Journal, 2020

The MiniSon Zine, Issues 1-3  2020

Bones 21, 2020



ToCall No 10, Germany 2020

to call no 7, Germany 2019

to call no. 1, Germany 2018

illiterature issue v, the graphic novel, (Puddles of Sky Press, Kingston, ON, 2015)

untethered (Toronto, ON), 2017

Dreamland (Prince George, BC), 2016




‘a hovering multitude – tribute/translation to Amanda Berenguer’s visual poetry,’

Sonic Boom Visual Poetry Gallery, June 29, 2021

Visual Poetry on the Page: With, Within, and Without the Word, An Exhibit at MainSite Contemporary Art Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma, USA (January 8 to February 13, 2020)

Poetry Pause (League of Canadian Poets, September 22, 2020)

Streetcake Magazine Issue 68 (August, 2020)

Escapisms, Poem Atlas (May 15 to June 5, 2020)

Translations, Mellom Press (May 11 to June 9, 2020)

Europlasty 4 (Korea 2019)

Talking About Strawberries All The Time, 2019

Brave New Word, 2017

Ustanga, 2016

h&, 2016 and 2017

Our Teeth, 2016

otoliths, 2016

tip of the knife, 2016

University of Ottawa 21st-Century Visual Poetry: An Exhibition, 2016

ffooom, 2015

the new post literate, 2014 2010

DrunkenBoat, 2010

the Bleed, 2010

The Last Vispo Show at L-Gallery, Moscow, Russia, and the Common Ground Art Gallery in Windsor, Ontario (2010)