Open “The Mandrake Vehicles” by Oni Buchanan
This suite of three installations that explore what Buchanan calls the “Mandrake Form” are cleverly executed poetic texts reminiscent of Tom Phillips’ celebrated artists book, A Humument, but with a Lettristic economy of words that’s in tune with the ecological motto “reduce, reuse, recycle.” In these poetic texts, the words aren’t lost or painted over: whatever isn’t needed that doesn’t “float” away cascades into other words neatly stacked at the bottom of the window. But there’s more: pay attention to specific words as they take form and fall; follow specific letters as they make their way down, and you’ll be delighted by the witty word play that gets lost in the big picture. There is much to be discovered in these poems
Featured in Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2.