Allagon allagon noch ohan
logonallanach cholloch noch nohal
nonoll ocalch hoch alag nach
gongalla noch chaggah oggon
choll agal ancha naag logolnag
cocall calla nonalla naollo
ogollocha agonoa nogg llogah
haagah golh nachlanna noll
golh noch colaag noch allo
noch allo noch allonagga
Lo Goncho no allo
chachallanagach agan galhannach
noch gangaang alloocal
One of my new lines of literary inquiry, the Gonch project has several different phases. Text pieces, like the one above, are written using a vocabulary limited to words invented from the nonsense phrase “All Gonch.” It’s an attempt to create a new language, imagining also the culture behind it through the shape, sounds and structure of the words, that might arise after the death of the current (American) culture and language. The composition proceeds intuitively, going for sounds and structures that seem poetic, even if they don’t carry semantic meaning to a non-Gonch reader.
Experimental poetry blog Brave New Word‘s new, ninth issue was just released today. Lots of great text and visual work by Rosaire Appel, Lin Tarczyinski, Dirk Vekemans, Joseph S. Makkos, and more. It also includes three of my new “Gonch” pieces: “Callanghan Anallah Onoch,” “Llonach Angac Onh,” and “Cohollochan Can Cocal Loc Nag.” You can read them here.
The “Gonch” texts are but one phase of a larger project I’m engaged in. All these poems are new work using a vocabulary limited to words invented from the nonsense phrase “All Gonch.” It’s an attempt to create a new language, imagining also the culture behind it through the shape and structure of the words, that might arise after the death of the current (American) culture and language.
On of my favorite places for online inspiration, The New Post-Literate is a literary blog dedicated to asemic writing (that is, it appears to be writing, but may not have semantic function). Today five of my video stills with strong asemic elements appeared on the site. These come from an as-yet-unpublished piece, with text drawn from an older poem called “Shit on a Stick Corporation” published by Zombie Logic Press. You can check out all the images here.