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Encounter (n): The fact of meeting with (a person or thing), esp. undesignedly or casually. Const. of, with.

Dear Writing Materialists, I have been thinking a lot about this word encounter. It is a meeting, a meeting potentially with tension or conflict, but I choose a more positive notion of the term. It is, as the OED has defined, … Continue reading

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Network (n): an arrangement or structure with intersecting lines and interstices resembling those of a net

This past week several of us piled into two cars and headed over to the 4Cs conference. It was such an interesting confluence of networks for me. I saw old colleagues and friends from all three of my former institutions as … Continue reading

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Handwriting (n): A particular form, style, or method of writing by hand; the form or style of writing used by a particular person

I constructed my fonts with a handwriting-to-font app (InstaFONTmaker) on my Samsung Note 2014 edition 10.1″ tablet (basically it’s the same principle as MyScriptFont.com but without the scanning step). The idea is that my tablet’s stylus, specifically designed and optimized … Continue reading

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Authentic (adj. or n.): Entitled to acceptance or belief, as being in accordance with fact, or as stating fact; reliable, trustworthy, of established credit.

“[I]f publishers don’t seem to fit into the other-than-codex world of job printing, neither exactly do readers. Who ever really reads receipts, bills, tickets, bonds, or certificates? …Notably, whatever reading is entailed by genres like bills of lading and stock … Continue reading

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Redaction (n): the working or drafting of source material into a distinct, esp. written, form

I was really stuck on what to do this week without replicating prior poetic projects I’ve done in different contexts (book manipulation, book making, etc.), but then it came to me… literally. In the mail. My materials are self-evident: West … Continue reading

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Precious (adj., adv.) Of great moral, spiritual, or other non-material value; beloved, held in high esteem.

“Inscription is a form of intervention…” ~ Gitelman I borrowed the tea (in my case coffee) ring idea from the poet Susan Tichy, whose tea poems (visual poems with tea rings) chronicled her morning tea drinking. The ephemera of it. … Continue reading

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