visual poetry

Five visual poems published in Utsanga

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Utsanga is an online journal for experimental literary work, edited from Italy. Utsanga #20 was released recently, filled with visual and textual work from across the international avant garde. According to the Facebook announcement:

“Utsanga.it: il numero 20, giugno 2019, è online con Wellington Amancio, Mariangela Guatteri, David Chirot, Anna Serra, Ruggero Maggi, Michael Filler, Nico Vassilakis, Kristine Snodgrass, Paolo Allegrezza, Carmine Lubrano, Martina Stella, Marcus Volz, Leo Barth, David Kjellin, Stephen Nelson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Karla Van Vliet, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Vitaldo Conte, Volodymyr Bilyk, Francesco Aprile, Simon Costello, Sacha Archer, Richard James Biddle, Oronzo Liuzzi, Nùria Martìnez Vernis, Nancy Scott Bell, Mark Young, Louis Crane, John M. Bennett, Tom Cassidy, Jeff Bagato, Hank Lazer, Giovanni Cardone, Giorgio Moio, Giorgia Romagnoli, George Sabov, Du Ru Xie Bai, Chris Turnbull, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Carla Hackenschmidt, Cal Priest, József Bíró, Bill Bissett, Annie Bergson, Anna Boschi, Alexander Limarev, Neus Borrell, Pierre Bastien i Nicodemes Mendes.”

I’m pleased to be included with five pieces of visual poetry from an early tape sample series. All the pieces were made by “sampling” daily newspapers using cellophane tape. You can check out the selection here.

3 vispo published in 3:AM Magazine

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Online literary journal 3:AM Magazine regularly published visual poetry of a specific aesthetic they call “poem brut,” referring to handmade pieces with an outsider feel. Today, three of my visual poems appeared in the magazine. You can check them all out here.

I called these pieces “tape samples” because I discovered them while “reading” newsprint sources using cellophane tape, collecting ink residue in a kind of analog sampling process. Maybe this evidence confirms the unfathomable world hidden behind the clutter of advertising and news reports with their nakedly cynical purposes. I’m always searching for these alternate spaces; I find them reassuring.

Since I made the series of pieces in the 90s, they have acquired a nice patina of age as the newspaper sticking to the tape turned brown. The backing paper was always that tan color.

One poem and five asemic works in Angry Old Man

AOM 6 coverOnline experimental lit journal Angry Old Man released Issue 6 today, with another great roster of visual, text and video work from across the spectrum of the international literary avant garde. I’m pleased to be represented by one text piece and five asemic calligraphy works. The text piece is part of a new series of experiments involving a very restricted vocabulary intended to mirror the kind of language invention of an AI transaction robot. View the text piece here, and the asemic calligraphy here.

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Four asemic calligraphy poems published in Utsanga

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Utsanga is an online journal for experimental writing and theory, based in Italy. The journal’s nineteenth issue, the first of 2019, was released today (March 31) with a who’s who of contributors from the international avant lit scene, including Francesco Aprile, Tim Gaze, Mark Young, Rosaire Appel, John M. Bennett, and many others. Well worth checking out. I’m very pleased to have been included this time with a selection of four pieces of asemic calligraphy. You can check them out here.

Five asemic writing pieces published at The New Post-literate

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The New Post-literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing is a weblog exploring “asemic writing in relation to post-literate culture.” Scan its entries to find a massive catalog of imaginary scripts and pseudo-writing from around the world. Ultimately, these are scripts or images that look like writing, but have no semantic content. For me, the pieces have the same mysterious pull of looking at lost languages like Linear B, Harappan characters, or Easter Island’s rongorongo script, or even deciphered ones like Ancient Egyptian or Mayan hieroglyphs.

Today, the NP-L published five of my asemic writing pieces, which I made using a brush and India ink back in November 2017. I’m calling them “poems” but they could be prose poems, short stories, or grocery lists. Ultimately, it’s a type of visual poetry. You can check out the pieces here.