In Good Faith – Concrete Poetry

The book of In Good Faith is primarily comprised of a series of original interviews I conducted with the members of my immediate family. Even within the formal typographic style of the book, I was very interested in capturing the natural speech patterns in text including such verbal quirks as ‘um’s, ‘ah’s, interruptions and the like as I felt there was a beauty and power in being able to ‘see’ the thoughts expressed emerge into being.

However, I wanted to explore further the potential of representing natural speech patterns, as well as further highlight certain key passages from the interviews, and so I created a series of four concrete poems to do so, liberating the words from the constrains of book typography into a more living form.

Within these poems, red is used to highlight words pertaining to the concept of ‘faith’, and the debossed, inkless type, ‘doubt’.

 

Inked type printed digitally, debossed type printed by hand with a Columbian Press.

A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

'The Other Side of the Coin'

Detail of an A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

Detail - 'The Other Side of the Coin'

A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

'The River'

Detail of A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

Detail - 'The River'

A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

'I Pray (less)'

Detail of A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

Detail - 'I Pray (less)'

A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

'Uniquely Me'

Detail of A3 print of concrete poetry with black, red and inklessly debossed words against a white brick background

Detail - 'Uniquely Me'