“Asemic Sonnet” by Cheryl Penn (South Africa)
I am thrilled to be able to present these two spectacular asemic poems by Cheryl Penn. The Asemic Front would not be complete without her involvement, and I hope we can look forward to more contributions from her before the project ends. I extend my deepest thanks to her for sharing this work.
Cheryl Penn is a book artist, painter and visual poet whom I assume is well known to the Asemic Front audience. (If you are not familiar with her, I suggest you take some time and explore. I firmly believe she is one of the most important visual poets working today, especially in the asemic realm.)
In particular, among numerous important projects, Cheryl Penn coordinated the Asemics 16 collaborative book project, a massive effort on a global scale that significantly helped infuse the current asemic movement into the international mail art network. In fact, many Asemic Front participants first learned about asemics and/or have been deeply influenced by Cheryl Penn.
Asemics 16 contributed to a particular type of vispo-asemic hybrid that I believe is a recognizable subgenre today. Certainly much of the work you see on Asemic Front has roots in Asemics 16. A number of artists who started in Asemics 16 are our vispo “stars” of today. (I won’t make them blush by naming them, but you might be surprised by how many of them there are.) It is certainly a great privilege for me to continue to work with these talented people.
Again, thanks to Cheryl Penn. I look forward to sharing more of her work on AF.
“Quatern” by Cheryl Penn