Visual Poetics provides an opportunity to explore the expressive potential of language as a creative material consisting of alphabetic, visual, and aural levels, with a focus on forms of visual expression, including Concrete Poetry. Non-semantic forms of expression will be studied as keys to unlocking this potential. The immense value of 20th century experimental literature to he student's own efforts to design or interpret media writing is a major concern of this course. We will be thinking about the multiple possibilities of language as a conjunction of possibilities, textures, tones, meanings, and media. We will look at digital literature as a merging of form, image, language, and sound, and we will explore works that successfully produce this extraordinary effect. We will look at works of Concrete Poetry and consider these as models for digital media design. We will study theoretical essays and manifestos related to visual media practice, investigating modes and means of visual media expression. Course will require weekly readings, an oral presentation, a final project, and quizzes or exams as necessary.