This is a concrete poem in English, written for the artist’s niece Elà.

In its style and inten­tion the concrete poetry is a collec­tion of jumbled, abstract ideas that reflect the day-to-day life and mood of the artist. Above all, it is impro­vised and written down imme­di­ately — in essence it is auto­matic writing.

Tanya Ury’s written poetry may be regarded as concrete” because of its visual design, and uncon­ven­tional aural effect when spoken — the texts thereby gain in dimen­sion beyond accepted meaning.

Ury has also created other artworks that might be consid­ered visual poetry. Moving Message 1992, incor­po­rates an LED sign displaying the words: you are why; Sonata in Sea 1999 – 2000 is a photo series combined with poetry and wrestle­with­y­ourangel 2001, is a neon sign produced together with the neon sign neonazi 2001; the title of a double photo portrait lesser is me more or less 2003 plays on the name of the German Post-Impres­sionist Lesser Ury, as does the title of a further double portrait or else 2007, which refers to the German writer Else Ury. The title of a third photo-portrait Beelze­bu­larin 2005 (in the Promised Land series) reveals itself to be an anagram of the biblical Bezalel Ben Uri. half dimen­sional — semi detached 2010, combines the first of the half dimen­sional poems with the photo­graph semi detached.

concrete – a collec­tion of works (including poetry series) 

letter ddressed to you, the
ravest onny
hild, so arefree and apable
ear, arling, ove, my
là, my y s d light.

or you, so ancy- ree are
iven to ive, to under­stand wholes, reat alaxies, not
oles. ark! ear, ere!

, M lena Merk Ury, con of dols, person f cat on of
okestress, so olly, and not very ewish, I perceive in you a
alei­do­scope of indness, a ite among ittiwa es. For you,
ess wi be
ore, or ore be less,
o doubt, depe di g
n nly y ur wn
oint of view, an o ortu­nity. Now that is the cue, or is it a
ueue for a uick and uirky uip, a
use, inte upting this
cript. hhh! orry he got carried away o oon…

ruly, Elà, he ime is o be or no ? o
nder­stand the nderc rrents, like c rrants in a b n.
alue your aliant iews, whether eiled or ague my enus…
ell, no ; ear your ill hether the eather be indy or eak

Kisses e quisite from an e ‑it, e actly e iled,
our ver own ardstick, a lad so fe ,
odiac la ing in the heavens a ure, I ga e on you ama ed…

2003-06-05

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