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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Creative writing comes in several forms, three of which creatively mix two forms of communicative expression into a single piece meant to evoke emotional participation and meaningful understanding. In her original creative work, Artwords, Beatriz M. Robles playfully explores these modern forms using calligrams, photographs with words, and redactive poetry. By definition, these features are calligrams, where words become the images; redactive poetry, where selected words from a printed page make poetry; and photography with words, where literature and art combine, like words on a cup. Of course, as with all hierarchies of art, there is more to creating effective (successful) final pieces than simply organizing, arranging, and constructing words according to a specific form. The final effort should produce a composite more meaningful, or emotional, or provocative than the individual units themselves: a symbiotic whole.
Beatriz M. Robles contributes an enjoyably participative experience in her own creative exploration: Artwords. Many of her pieces – especially her calligrams and photographic literature – are in-depth immersions in distractive manipulation using the classic double entendre as a clever linguistic device. One finds oneself helplessly drawn toward the sensuously seductive, only to feel slightly admonished and somewhat chagrined at having been so waywardly misdirected. It’s all in fun, of course, but it also provides a gentle prod to wake up just a bit more. The redactive poetry is most intriguing, urging one to try it out. Like most poetry, understanding remains fixed within the beholder. All in all, Ms. Robles presents difficult conceptual matters admirably for an enjoyable reading experience.