"Codex Abyssus is a work of asemic writing from poet & translator Volodymyr Bilyk, and is an exploration of the nether regions of writing."
—From the book description
"Codex Abyssus is a work like no other. This new edition adds a chapter of 43 new pages which are less chaotic than the original first edition of the book, but resonate with the creative obsession of a writer's living artistic cells. Codex Abyssus is a conversation about the liberation and constraint of encasement. These abstract calligraphic boxes are meant to be lived in, given away as presents, or escaped from. Reading the squares of Volodymyr's infinite design and imaginative potential, one is first drawn in by the familiarity of the handwritten gestures, and then by the asemic signs with their unique quadrangle symbolism. It is a work that ends with elastic technique, and the simple pleasant low-tech approach of a pen and paper manuscript. It is an enjoyable work because it contrasts and collaborates with the electronic overload and flood of information on the Internet. Codex Abyssus is a document of human scrawls in their purest unfiltered creative state."
—Michael Jacobson, Publisher at Post-Asemic Press
"An epic of intricate maniacal boxes encoded as mischief."
—Amanda Earl, publisher at AngelHousePress
"Zigzagging map-like lines. Thick and thin lines alternating. Shaded triangles emerg- ing from one side of the square. Taken together, these little squares add up to a surfeit of images, an impossible-to-take-in totality. To read this book is to get lost into its detailing, not to come to some sort of vision. It literally is its details."
—Jefferson Hansen, in Rain Taxi
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Post-Asemic Press (March 7, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1732878862
- ISBN-13: 978-1732878860
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Price: $15.00
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Bio: Volodymyr Bilyk is a poet from Ukraine who writes in
English. Basically, he's from another dimension or Parts
Long story short: he follows Ezra Pound's "Make It New" and
considers The Pink Fairies song "Do It" to be a quite
adequate description of his artistic intentions.
His latest book "Roadrage" was published by Zimzalla
in 2018. The other works include "To When Tea Ties Hence
to Wank It Too" / "Eminent Means of Basil Dado Hem-Welt"
(2015), "Heartbeat, Footclick, Machine Gun Vocalizes"
Eellogofusciohipoppokunurious" (2017) and "Lisa
Simpson Poems" (2018).