This project is part of Container's Multitudes series, which invites writers and artists to transform the same object into works of visual and literary art. In this series, participants were invited to interpret a 500-card Rolodex.
"I was inspired first by View-Masters - those wheel-y viewers depicting scenes from movies in seeming three dimensions. It seemed to me that cutout poems, spread out across multiple frames, might make for an interesting layered effect, adding physical depth and providing multiple ways to read the poem. I wanted to work in the constraints of a Rolodex - the sleeves are traditional Rolodex sleeves, and cards are manipulated by a person. Each cut and mark is by hand, and there are still artifacts from how the work is put together in the frames. I also liked the fact that a Rolodex comes in an order, but cards are sometimes replaced mistakenly, which made me wonder what new meaning might emerge if the reader re-arranged the cards. The idea of a reader's ability to alter the text was very appealing to me."
X-acto knives, glue sticks, Rolodex protective sleeves, and 23 books taken from the artist's shelves, Goodwill, and library sales.
james (w) moore is a poet and playwright. He is the author of I Am the Maker of all sweetened possum
, a visually eclectic collection of found poetry published by Silver Birch Press. His plays have been performed in Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), and Burlington (VT), and range from an adaptation of Robin Hood to a surreal comedy about race and conformity (and cars destroyed by shopping carts).
Poems of his have been found (purposefully) on Vermont Edition
, as well as in the Houston Chronicle
, Silver Birch Press
, and Found Poetry Review
. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in theatre, with honors in playwriting, and minors in music and English. James lives in Burlington , Vermont, where he is writing new poetry and plays, and teaching middle school language arts.