The impediment is absurdly but also typically quotidian: editors' nominations for the Pushcart have to be sent on paper, and the organization is, it seems, little receptive of a DVD containing our 6 nominated pieces of video/concrete/visual poetry. Here is the official line:
The nominations may be any combination of poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot. We welcome translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing.Do we count then as 'literary whatnot'?
In any case, this is a tentative question to people like Mark Young, Crag Hill, Geof Huth, Nico Vassilakis: do visual and video poetries need a type of institutionalized recognition, at the level of the Small Presses? Should we ask the Pushcart to consider visual, video, digital and new media poetries, or is a new framework necessary? Do we not want to partake in these more established modes of legitimization? Perhaps there's already a vizpo award I'm unaware of? If so, do they accept digital/video/hyper work?
Also, The Continental Review attempts, in its fairly wide scope, to be inclusive both of "purer" forms of viz and video poetry - Nico Vassilakis, Spencer Selby, and soon Mark Young - as well as more recognizably straight-forward "poetry reading" experiences. Would be interesting to see to what extent these more straight-forward readings housed in the TCR archives would be considered "original publications": what is their status in the eyes of others? Are they first-time texts? Or Benjaminian reproductions?