It Begins in the Book: writing the material poem is a thesis by James Stuart, exploring the materiality of language in relation to poetry. It attempts to establish a model by which we can assess poems as language-objects, comprised of both a material basis (the way in which readers derive a response from a text) and material expression (the physical/virtual form in which the poem is presented to us).

It Begins in the Book was written as part of a Masters of Creative Arts at the University of Technology Sydney. The practice-led components of the project are as follows:

The Homeless Gods (2006-2007)
A Flash poem presented as an interactive map interface

The Material Poem (2006-2007)
An anthology of text-based art and
intermedia writing

Conversions (2008)
An exhibition of poetry in translation

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Conversions
an exhibition of translated poetry