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Tagging the Dark: On Light-Graffiti and Poems That Glow



Light graffiti by Michael Bosanko, South Wales

Everybody has their own idea of what’s a poet. Robert Frost, President Johnson, T. S. Eliot, Rudolf Valentino—they’re all poets. I like to think of myself as the one who carries the light bulb.

–Bob Dylan

In 1949, southeastern France, Pablo Picasso brandished a small flashlight in a dark room and created light drawings that disappeared in a matter of seconds, captured only by photographer Gjon Mili’s eye and camera.

(Don’t think. Get ready. Scribble on air: Voilà!)

Picasso paints with light. Photo: Gjon Mili

I’m a voilà kind of girl myself. Hand me an LED and I’ll graffiti thin air with the rest of them. I wasn’t always like this. I used to put great store in the diagrammed and strategized. I don’t mean to put planning down. I’m simply Continue reading “Tagging the Dark: On Light-Graffiti and Poems That Glow”