Asemic Numerology by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA)

NBS - 2.22.2018 - 1 can you hear me now1“Can you hear me now?” by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA)


I’ve been completely intrigued by this new piece by Nancy Bell Scott, and I am excited to share it on Asemic Front. The work applies the concept of – what I call – Deconstructive Asemics to numerals. I find the results breathtaking. Numbers are given colour and are transformed into an expressive symbolism that reveals more deeply their mysterious powers. Concrete poetry seldom uses numbers. Thus neither do asemics rooted in concrete poetry. When I look at the this work and think of the possibilities I find myself asking: Why?



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New Asemic Writing by Donmay Donamayoora (Connecticut, USA)

Donmay Listening to Red“Listening to Red” by Donmay Donamayoora (Connecticut, USA)



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Donmay Burning through Red 2.15“Burning through to Red” by Donmay Donamayoora



Donmay Murmuration of imaginary characters“Murmuration of Imaginary Characters” by Donmay Donamayoora



Donmay Monostichs 2.15“Monostitches” by Donmay Donamayoora



Donmay Monostitch about the Depth of Night“Monostitch about the Depths of Night” by Donmay Donamayoora



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bLizard of Osz (Parts 4-5): Collabs by Osvaldo Cibils (Italy) & De Villo Sloan (USA)

Os dvs 2.18.2018 - sheet4Asemic visual poetry collab by Osvaldo Cibils (Trento, Italy) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)



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Asemic visual poetry collab by Osvaldo Cibils (Trento, Italy) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)



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Collab foundation by Osvaldo Cibils



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Found Asemics by Richard Canard (Illinois, USA)

Richard - 2.19.2018 - 11“Asemic Trashpo” by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA). Image courtesy of Nancy Bell Scott


An original member of Ray Johnson’s New York Correspondance School (NYCS), Richard Canard is one of the most recognized and important mail artists working today. I doubt anyone in the network would dispute my contention.

Like most NYCS members, Richard Canard has roots in the avant garde associated with Neo-DaDa, Fluxus and Pop Art, among others. Richard C makes frequent forays into visual poetry, erasure, object poetry and other related visual-textual forms. He increasingly produces asemic work. The results are always interesting, and I’m very glad to share this piece he sent to Asemic Front contributor Nancy Bell Scott in Maine, USA.

Nancy Bell Scott reports Richard calls the piece “asemic-trashpo.” It is made of some kind of decomposing material he “found in the street after rain.” (We find the Gutai aesthetic here.) I also believe asemicists will concur this is a prime example of found asemics. The term “object poem” might also be a useful descriptive. Asemic Front definitely encourages found material and “eco-asemics.”

Deepest thanks to Richard Canard and to Nancy Bell Scott for bringing this work to my attention.



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With aPologies to Vispo by Alicia Starr Ryan (Iowa, USA)

Alicia 2.19.2018 - 1Asemic mail art by Alicia Starr Ryan (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)


Alicia Starr Ryan is a very talented visual artist as well as a friend and supporter of the Eternal Network. She is  associated with network visual poetry and asemic writing efforts of recent years. I am pleased to be able to share her work on Asemic Front.

For all the emphasis on theory and method, asemic writers – luckily – are excellent humorists too. They often turn that sparkling wit to satire and parody of the “asemic condition.” This work amounts to a subgenre of great interest and fun. (In fact, David Stafford of New Mexico, USA is making a career of asemic parody.) Most important – I believe – is the gentle reminder we should never take ourselves too seriously!



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A very attractive package!


Alicia - 2.19.2018 - 5a1Asemic visual poetry by Alicia Starr Ryan (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)


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bLizard of Osz (1-3): Collabs by Osvaldo Cibils (Italy) & De Villo Sloan (USA)


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Asemic Visual Poetry collab by Osvaldo Cibils (Trento, Italy) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). #1 in a series of 5. (2018)


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Foundation by Osvaldo Cibils (filtered)


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Asemic Visual Poetry collab by Osvaldo Cibils (Italy) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). #2 in a series of 5. (2018)


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Outtake of #2


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osz dvs - 2.17.2018 - 3-1 finalAsemic Visual Poetry collab by Osvaldo Cibils (Italy) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA). #3 in a series of 5. (2018)


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Image-Text Collaboration by Thierry Tillier & Luc Fierens (Belgium)

Fierens Tillier collabVisual-textual collaboration by Thierry Tillier and Luc Fierens (Belgium) (2004)


I am very pleased to be able to share this rare collaborative piece. Thierry Tillier and Luc Fierens are important figures in European visual poetry. Their work is of great relevance to the Asemic Front project because they have done explorations into the process of signification and have made discoveries pertaining to the nature of the sign. Those who are combining visual poetry and asemic texts can gain much from this piece as well as other individual works by Tillier and Fierens.

In addition to the visual poetry aspect, this piece has asemic elements. (Most vispo of the “masters” contains asemics even if not consciously intended.) Innovative variations of W.S. Burroughs’ cut-up technique are present as well. Both artists are adept at radical image juxtapositions that create “visual syntax.”

Many thanks to Luc Fierens for granting permission to present this work on Asemic Front.



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