First came a group of poems sent out as jpeg images. On the screen they read as verse but they are also made to be performed as song.


Posted, 5-9 October 2015, So much Work and An Expanse added to website December 2015




Handing Him A Letter


So Much Work

An Expanse


The second send out developed the static text/colour/image poems using gifs to animate the words, against different coloured grounds.


Posted, 7-11 March 2016: click on the gif for full size image


In my Palm
Then Not


The third send out developed the gif poem combining words, images and colours in an animated sequence.


Posted, 13-17 June 2016: click on the gif for full size image


Yellow Pus
My Rock
The Lilt
Not Mine


Maria Zahle uses word-programming symbols, colour shapes and keypad alerts mixed up with her own words. This collaging of language, both symbolic and actual, creates concrete poetry that is highly expressive. Her language is noisy, intimate and extremely direct. It has the immediacy of a text message but the ability to move and be memorable as poetry. The word image poems developed into gif poems.


Maria Zahle studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Royal Academy Schools in London. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and is represented by Arcade Gallery.