THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER LETTER WRITING

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The Letter by Eduardo Kac

In Post Art, Post Event, Post in the World on April 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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We’ve just come across an amazing find on UbuWeb – a letter that swirls and shifts and re-orientates itself. This is no joke! Watch the letter and read what UbuWeb have to say about Eduardo Kac’s unstable letter:

A navigational poem that presents the viewer with the image of a three-dimensional spiral jetting off the center of a two-dimensional spiral. Both spirals are made exclusively of text. The reader is able to grab and spin this cosmic verbal image in all directions. Thus, reading becomes a process of probing the virtual object from all possible angles. The reader is also able to fly through and around the object, thus expanding reading possibilities. In “Letter” a spiraling cone made of words can be interpreted as both converging to or diverging from the flat one. Together they may evoke the creation or destruction of a star. All texts are created as if they were fragments of letters written to the same person. However, in order to convey a particular emotional sphere, the author conflated the subject positions of grandmother, mother, and daughter into one addressee. It is not possible to distinguish to whom each fragment is addressed. The poem makes reference to moments of death and birth in the poet’s family. Letter is presented here as video documentation of an interactive reading experience.

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Free Postcards!

In Post in the World on April 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

whole_pack1As part of Recognition Day on May 4th, you can receive a beautiful box of postcards to send to anyone you like!

Request your free pack

(Mr) Kazuo Ishiguro’s letter to Granta

In Letter Writing, Post History, Post in the World, Post Moment on April 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

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A Post Letters! Filip

In Letter Writing, Post Action on April 15, 2009 at 7:48 am

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Post and Ghosts

In Post History on April 15, 2009 at 7:46 am

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On Letters and Being (Slow)

In Letter Writing, Letters and Poems, Philosophy of Post, Post Art, Post in the World, Post Moment on April 6, 2009 at 11:21 am

davidmorleyPost Letters! invited top poet David Morley to write a letter about letters. In the letter back, David writes how “to paraphrase Ben Jonson, language most shows a person, and a letter in which language and attention possess linked force creates a document that asks the reader or recipient to raise their own level of being”.

David continues to link writing letters – and the defiant act of writing letters – as being part of the broader Slow Movement. Having himself created “new forms of ecological media for poetry in nature spaces” – called “slow poetry” – David thinks the slow movement should adopt our campaign for letter writing. After all, writing and sending letters is all about “local sourcing, paying close attention, taking your time and enjoying yourself”.

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David’s letter finishes with a new poetic form which he introduces: verse letters. He admits it’s “neither entirely true nor untrue, and a bit Poohish”, but Post Letters! is chuffed to bits with this first commission of a verse letter, or a letter poem. And we like very much the lines and thoughts behind “but language evolves/ for language is rich./ It’s not what we say/ but the means by which”.

Read David Morley’s letter to Post Letters! in full

Read David Morley’s brilliant blog

Written Kisses Never Arrive

In Letter Writing, Post History on April 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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Post Book

In Post Moment on April 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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Post 2.0

In Post Action on April 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

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I write letters five hours a week…

In Post in the World, Post Moment on April 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Margaret Oakley is a busy and avid letter writer! Be inspired to write letters for five hours a week.

How to write a letter for Amnesty International (which could improve your normal post).

Tom Paulin on letters:

What we demand of a letter is writing rather than the written, speaking not the spoken, the mind in action not the mind at rest.

Lakshmi Pratury talks to us about the lost art of letter writing (and death).