What do mesostic poems have to do with Fluxus?
Fluxus is about “intermedia”. Intermedia is a term used to describe the spaces between media and the places where different media intersect.
Mesostic poems were a favourite form of the composer, John Cage. Cage was a seminal early influence on the Fluxus movement. He saw his mesostic poems as being musical compositions with words and letters being the notes. Like music. he “composed” his mesostic poems so that they could be heard as well as seen.
Many contemporary Fluxus artists also compose mesostic poems. Poetry, especially concrete and visual poetry have been and continue to be important aspects of the Fluxus oeuvre.
Here is one of my mesostics which is also written as a fibonacci:
Look at the capitalized letters.
Fab Fib w/Mesostic Rectum
veTeran soldiers felled
reUniting with the fallen graves
laMbs slaughtered in a single sentence of doubt
What’s a Fibonacci?