Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Here are the Post-Asemic Press titles to be released in 2020 and early 2021!

The next titles to be released by PAP are: 
  • Glitchasemics by Marco Giovenale (May, 2020)
  • Code Poems 2010-2019 by Francesco Aprile (August, 2020)
  • Hei Kuu by Michael Jacobson (November, 2020)
  • Glyphs of Uncertain Meaning by Tim Gaze (February 2021) 

1. Glitchasemics is a slick work of Marco's signature drawriting. It combines jagged glitches with scrawled asemic writing into a unique nexus of artistic exhalation. This book gives the sensation of speed, urgency, and glitch-shots of time. The book is in full color and represents a new potential in asemic literature. Look for it to drop from Post-Asemic Press in May, 2020. It includes an extensive introduction penned by Michael Betancourt.

2. Code Poems 2010-2019 is a book of computer code poetry covering the last decade. This book is downright mysterious. It will have an introduction explaining Code Poems by the always great Volodymyr Bilyk. Look for more top-secret info coming soon.

"Aprile is the Jeff Wall of techno-debris. His poems are short circuits, cracks in a technical workflow, hidden in plain sight inside a cityscape of stack traces."
 —Nick Pelling, Cipher Mysteries Blog

3. "Hei Kuu means "Hello Moon" in Suomi (Finnish). These are the 409-senryu, quasi-haiku, ribald-punk, experimental-illness, schizo-affective, lunatic-lunar, computer-telepathic, anarchic-autobiographic, noita-divining, agnostic-confessional, poem-stories behind my wild western asemic writing life."
 —Michael Jacobson, author of Works & Interviews

4. Glyphs of Uncertain Meaning is classic asemic writing by Tim Gaze, the founding father of internet asemics. Without his effort asemic writing on the net would be stunted in its growth. There are over 200 asemic works combined to tell Tim's unique journey into improvisational calligraphic landscapes of meaning(ful/less) transience. This book takes the reader back to the modern roots of asemic consciousness. What are these marks? It's left in trust to the reader. Look for the book to appear next February of 2021. Glyphs of Uncertain Meaning will have an intro written by the Finnish scholar Riikka Ala-Hakula. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Proof Copies of GLITCHASEMICS by Marco Giovenale are fresh from the printer!

The proof copies of Marco Giovenale's book GLITCHASEMICS are home from the printer. Everything is looking great! Expect the book to be released from Post-Asemic Press in early May, 2020. 
At 123 pages in length, this work gives an ample survey of Giovenale's asemic drawriting combined with his glitch art expertise. The book is in full color, so it costs more to produce, but the effect is well worth it, and is the literary equivalent to the invention of flowers. GLITCHASEMICS includes an extensive introduction by critical theorist/research artist Michael Betancourt where he discusses Marco's work in detail. 

Here are two blurbs about Marco Giovenale's opus:

"Marco Giovenale pens poems that are truly intersectional, flickering on the nexus of several technologies including the hand, the computer, the camera, the book, and the xerox machine. Riddled with exacting error, they straddle the visual and the literary, the result of which is an extraordinary series of poems that are at once readable and lookable, both rigorous and serendipitous. Finalmente, parole in libertà!”
 — Kenneth Goldsmith, curator and poet at UbuWeb

“Imagetext, glitchasemics, New Aesthetic, dirty media — call it what you will. This isn’t so much a book as it is a pop-up exhibition of literary malware that just may corrupt you too and you may not even know it.”
  Mark Amerika, author of remixthebook

Here are some sample pages:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Here is the official cover art for GLITCHASEMICS by Marco Giovenale | Post-Asemic Press #011

The cover art for Marco's book has finally been settled on. Expect GLITCHASEMICS to drop in late spring of 2020. Here are a few sample pages: 


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

3 new PAP titles are set for release in 2020 : Glitchasemics by Marco Giovenale; Code Poems 2010-2019 by Francesco Aprile; and Hei Kuu by Michael Jacobson!

The first title of the year to be published by Post-Asemic Press is Glitchasemics by Marco Giovenale. It is a work with an explanatory title, and a full color presentation of Marco's signature glitched asemic drawriting.  The final details of the book are near completion. It also has a wonderful 22 page introduction from the great scholar and glitch artist Michael Betancourt. More details about Glitchasemics will be coming soon. Expect it to be published in late spring of 2020.

Next up for release is the computer poetry book Code Poems 2010 - 2019 by Francesco Aprile. It's a work of computer code presented as poetry. Francesco best explains his book here: "these texts are written only as poetry, not as programs. Some may work as programs, but they need other code. I used: css, laravel (it's a php-based framework), some log errors of Katalon Studio, maven associated with Katalon Studio, Groovy." Look for Code Poems 2010 - 2019 to be published in late summer of 2020.

In late fall of 2020, PAP will release Michael Jacobson's autobiographical collection of of senryu poems Hei Kuu. 'Hei Kuu', means "Hello Moon" in Suomi (Finnish) and is a play on haiku. The book contains 401-senryu, quasi-haiku, ribald-punk, experimental-illness, schizo-affective, lunatic-lunar, computer-telepathic, anarchic-autobiographic, poem-stories behind Michael's wild western asemic writing life.  Here is a blurb from the back cover: "An autobiography of splinters." —Tim Gaze

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Magazine: The Cut-Up Asemics by Scott Helmes is available around the world at Amazon! Post-Asemic Press #010

Magazine: The Cut-Up Asemics by Scott Helmes is available now around the world at Amazon.

Here is Scott's description of his book:  "Where does the text go after it’s been read? Pure Asemic writing is the total dissolution of the text, leaving traces of the human hand. These works occupy the space between the initial visual text and the pure asemic result. Initially taken from print magazines, primarily selected for the text and typography forms, these works are visual/concrete states of the above process.They reflect memory loss, partial comprehension of meaning and non-verbal sensory input. These too will evaporate at varying rates, depending upon how they are inputted and the ‘reading’ by the viewer. The additional element of what appears to be motion/movement represents the active role of physical writing, the passage of time and loss of meaning. The works start when Helmes finds magazines with interesting type styles. He works primarily with black printing as he feels color is an intrusive meaning, and then tears out selected pages as a first step. India ink is then applied to blank 8-1/2” x 11” plain, paper using either a palate knife or a rubber eraser. The ink-marks are done in a free style writing motion that does not follow the typical typesetting grid. After an over-all ink image is finalized, the magazine pages are torn up into individual elements that are placed on the page and within the frame work of the ink marks. The original meaning of the type is then altered and loses its references. The type then becomes suggestive, especially when the various forms are placed in new relationships with other ‘letters’. Usually attached to the ink lines, the letters begin their total dissolution into nothingness. Without the reader being able to reference the original text, the reader brings to the process their ideas/thoughts about what the text ‘says’. Sometimes whole words or groups of words are included, but these are selected based wholly upon a visual need as opposed to making language sense. Helmes feels these works become after-images and extend the reading and memory process to a unique form and retinal image that is tacked on whatever is left of the language memory. By now becoming a complete work, they extend the life of the magazine/text/writing, as opposed to just the memory of the textural meaning. Some of the early works were given the title of ‘Bones’, which is meant to convey language being stripped of the ‘flesh’ of the word and being left with absolute basics of its form. Later works are just dated and contain no further references,thus enabling a concrete point in the transition to Asemic writing."

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Post-Asemic Press (October 11, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1732878889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1732878884
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces 
  • Price: $16.00


In Magazine, there is poise; there is intention. Letters form openings, letters form arrows into openings. There is sexual heat, there is calm, there is clarity. There are lacey places like thin branches that form something together. Going deeply into the book, the images turn block-like, with greater conformance to solid letters. Some of the forms as humanoids resist each other or veer together. Angles are musical, even lamp like. Always there are edges. Always there are magnets and pulse-driven points of strength. Nothing is finished. Or everything is. Color is mildly allowed as suggested, but only that. A calligraphic zeal and respite all in one confirm a mind that plays precisely.

This is asemia at its purest. To the point that when I reach the author photo page, I reflexively begin to subtract flecks of the dark jacket and the word “Columbia.”  

 —Sheila E. Murphy

From among all the visual poets working today, Scott Helmes is the one most focused on the letter, especially the fragment thereof. His goal is not the word. His purpose is to examine the fractured letter in its typographic and calligraphic manifestations, to see what there is to understand in the atomization of written language, to uncover how the corners of individual letters can make us recall the language as a whole. In the poems in this collection, he merges his two major practices and fashions collage poems that mix the fluid rigidity of his favorite typographic forms with rough and painterly brushstrokes of ink, thus tying together the handmade forms of inking with the machine-made curves and slices of type. In this way, he reconnects two major practices in visual poetry, presenting us with two views of this world: the clean and the dirty—and the beauty of both.

—Geof Huth

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Here are some sample pages from Magazine:

Scott Helmes is a poet, book artist, writer, artist, architect and photographer. His experimental poetry has been collected, published and exhibited worldwide for over 40 years. Books include 1000 Haiku, Stamp Pad Press; Poems From Then to Now, Redfoxpress (Ireland), and The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, Fantagraphics. In 2015, two works were included in The New Concrete, an international concrete poetry anthology from Hayward Press, London.  13 poems were published as part of the Kobitadihi Online Magazine World-wide Visual Poetry, April 2017. An altered book was exhibited in the Wallpaper exhibition at Traffic Zone in July, 2018. His studio is located in Minneapolis, MN, USA.