This poem by Richard Marshall, designed by Janos Hunor Vari, can be found at Manor Park Library, 685-691 Romford Road, London E12 5AD
Are your sparks still flying?
What’s so bad with meaningless? Don’t you ever dance with the lights off to seething radio
Surveillance only becomes a problem when we start to look back into the cameras.
The underground station in the rain torments the dead and the living with role reversals and sci-fi.
The culture of potatoes having hitherto proved a most remunerating crop
I thought it would be a profitable speculation for us to engage in it if we could obtain land on easy terms.
Did you really not see the guy on the floor with his cash hand out? Are you really changeless? Are these the true habits of greatness? Is your comedy a kind of twilight? Did you ever meet Catullus?
In the Survey did you see the art of her monologue now? This is the twitching hour I guess. There’s an obdurate stink in the gift horses’ mouth. What about the other kinds? Are you inventing great scars over the hill? Are giants coming?
You looked exhilarated when that sun exploded.
Who lives outside of your drastic reservations?
Do you ever see the stars above?
Who was the last person you dreamed of?
Last Christmas the lights seemed less invented and more friendly.
I remember demons with holes in their pockets. Writers, alas, are given wounds. Nothing more. So the equation chits scar tissue and black discs.
By Richard Marshall
Swiss Embassy: Please tell us about your creative process and your favourite tools.
Hunor Vári: My first and favourite tool is my sketchbook. I start every process there with ideation and very broad sketches. Often the mistakes or unintentional parts of the drawings lead me to the ideas I like the most and which I will use in the final result.
What in the poem inspired your design?
I found the sentence “Surveillance only becomes a problem when we start to look back into the cameras” very interesting. For me there are quite a few ways of understanding it. Is it talking about being blind and not being aware of the environment we live in? Does it mean that observation exists by contra-observation? All in all I thought surveillance is an intersection of different points of view. To display that on the poster I mirrored the complete poem so one can easily read it with a mirror.
Poem by Richard Marshall (UK).
Typoetry is a showcase of poetry and Swiss graphic design. Around 30 poems from Newham, the UK and Switzerland are forming artistic trails in the London Borough of Newham from 20 May to 17 July 2022. Learn more.