I was stunned. Everything (he) was saying seemed to predict the mechanics of the internet ... delivery, content, interface, distribution, multi-media, just to name a few. Suddenly it made sense: like de Kooning's famous statement: ‘History doesn't influence me. I influence it,’ it's taken the web to make us see just how prescient concrete poetics was in predicting its own lively reception half a century later. I immediately understood that what had been missing from concrete poetry was an appropriate environment in which it could flourish. For many years, concrete poetry has been in limbo: it's been a displaced genre in search of a new medium. And now it's found one.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Goldsmith was speaking on a panel about Brazilian concrete poetry, specifically speaking of Decio Pignatari in Spring of 2001. Quoted in Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century, by Marjorie Perloff

Laurel Schwulst