Sanders’ Glyphs at the Mothership

A Glyph, as defined by poet, writer, activist, musician Ed Sanders, is “a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic and poetic intensity. A Glyph has the power to shake the spirit. It emblazons shapes, lines, colors, space and words into an intense zone of enhanced visualization…”

Sanders uses Glyphs in his writing, scattering them, creating emotion and understanding throughout his histories in verse such as Chekhov, a Biography in Verse; The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg; 1968, a History in Verse, and the 9-volume America, a History in Verse. He has integrated them closely in his history of his Peace Eye Bookstore, and another on the life of poet Charles Olson.

Sanders will be displaying some of his Glyphs and reading from his work at an opening, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Sanders will read at 7 p.m.) Tuesday, December 3 at the Mothership, 6 Sgt. Richard Quinn Drive (formerly Hillcrest Ave.) Woodstock, and again 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, which will be closing night of the exhibition, at the Mothership. 


He says a Glyph can stand out or it can blend in almost as a word into the text. Many of Sanders’ glyphs are arrayed with words, but some of them stand by themselves as visual poems.

A Glyph can be observed very quickly, or be an object of quiet study for an extended time.

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