I can think of the Calligrames of Appolinaire who used the words of a poem to draw a figure condensing the meaning of the poem. Like this war horse, one of his poems of Peace and War. Don't ask me for a translation, the hand writting is notoriously impossible to read.
Please enlighten me, now it could be any picture that has some letters scattered on it. I am guilty to have done some.
Dear Martha, it seems to me that in the art world all concepts and categories move from a very definite meaning - to blurred and most general notions, almost without shores. It's a general trend and I don't like it very much.
I had to look through the catalogue of the Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in the USA. It's a magnificent collection, and it has every imaginable and unimaginable visual object, similar to Apolinaire's calligrams and totally unlike them. Here's information about the collection, take a look!
Thank you Ilya. Now I know what is Visual poetry, anything I say it is!
Ilya, what an absolutely fantastic archive! Thank you for sharing.
Martha, I've been trying to understand the meaning of visual poetry, but it really is too broad, so I agree with you, pretty much everything is!