Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Shanty Town by Grzegorz Wróblewski is available now at Amazon!

 

Shanty Town by Grzegorz Wróblewski is available now at Amazon. Click here to purchase the book.

The book also has an introduction written by the Australian poet and publisher of Otoliths Mark Young.

Shanty Town is an asemic work that demonstrates how ordinary handwriting can be elevated into a fine art. The writing dashes with expressive speed and invention, and plays with legibility in a mode of gestural decisiveness. The book is a document of abstract energy and poetic brilliance, and when opened the book presents the reader with a new contrasting spirit to digital art, and re-engages with the real world in a way that speaks across time. The hectic calligraphy works with an urgency and proclaims a new mode of rough writing in the extreme.


Blurbs:

"Rough, unkept, spontaneous and free, Grzegorz Wróblewski's Shanty Town depicts a blurry world of post-literate indecipherability. With coarsely drawn shapes imposed upon a chaos of asemic writing, this collection is built from the rubble of uncomfortable truths.  A triumph of bold writing."              

 

— Dave Read


"Shanty Town
 packs a powerful punch. It stakes you straight through the heart and throws you overboard, only to next moment toss you a life buoy. It's Grzegorz Wróblewski's opus magnum, in which he brought together the heart and the mind on a whole new level. I see a world that worries him but nonetheless he manages to draw pure beauty from it. Somewhere in between, a fragile hope for salvation emerges. His own and ours." 

—  Karina Obara

"Manic notes from the underbelly. Scores scored out and scorching. Fenced off communities of frozen language. Prisons, pens and penal markings. Lines are blocked off, squashed into huddles and forever ringed or scarred. Sometimes a shape emerges shaken, tries to connect, map and communicate the inner terrain; but there's pain and great beauty here we can barely contemplate. Grzegorz Wróblewski's writings express the world village in trauma. There's nothing left to say, and this is the only way of saying it."       

— Stephen Nelson

"The asemic projects of Grzegorz Wróblewski are a testimony to the skills of the human hand, used to convey meaning over millennia of evolution. In the infinite repetition of shapes, lines and colors, the hand reaches a state of maximum sensitivity that allows it to detect the epiphanic proto-signals of the micro- and macroworld."                 

Anna Matysiak

"Shanty Town is an unusual work, full of compositions unlike anything else I've seen. The pages appear to have been made in 2 stages, drawn annotations over handwritten or hand-drawn ideas underneath. The first stage ranges from well-behaved written lines as in a letter, to jerky scribbled fragmentary jottings, to sketchy doodles, young ideas captured at high speed. The second stage uses shapes such as rectangles, circles and lines, which appear to be organizing or explaining the first stage they partly cover. Although rectangles and rectangular frames are widely used, these works are at the loosest end of rectilinearity. Wróblewski uses visual rhetoric in a poetic way."

Tim Gaze, author of Glyphs of Uncertain Meaning, publisher of Asemic magazine


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Post-Asemic Press (May 4, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 63 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1734866276
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1734866278
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.15 x 9 inches
  • Price : $12.00

Here are some links to purchase Shanty Town:

Here are some sample pages from Shanty Town:

 




Grzegorz' Bio:




Monday, April 11, 2022

id est: neo scribalist asemic expressionism by Michael Jacobson


Here are sample pages from my work in progress id est: neo scribalist asemic expressionism.

The book is scheduled to be released on my 50th birthday in 2023 by Post-Asemic Press. id est is an abstract illuminated manuscript that will be 73 pages in length and reflect the universe as I have experienced it. I am posting all the pages on my Facebook wall as I complete painting them. I am using gouache and watercolor pencils to hand-paint the pages one at a time. So far I am up to page 42. The book will be a hardcover and will be available in a print-on-demand edition. 

Manuscripts that influenced me are The Book of Kells, The Voynich Manuscript, The Codex Seraphinianus, and the painted books from Mexico. Though my book is influenced by the totality of human expression going all the way back to cave art and forward to asemic calligraphy, graffiti, neo expressionism, and alien scripts in science fiction. Kenneth Patchen's painted poems are another source of inspiration for me. William Blake's Illuminated Manuscripts are a major influence on my book though more in spirit than aesthetically.









Sunday, April 10, 2022

Michael Jacobson has 3 books out now! Check out his latest book Somnolent Game!


 

I officially have 3 paperback books out! My latest book Somnolent Game was released earlier this week from Post-Asemic Press. But with print on demand technology my older titles will stay in print as long as the Internet exists. So my backlist titles Hei Kuu and Works & Interviews are still available to purchase at online bookstores.  

Somnolent Game is a book about desire, the desire to leave a bad situation for something better, even if it means facing death, even if you are Death. It is a book that was influenced by stream-of-conscious writing and surrealism. It's a fast paced prose poetry novella that goes on a psychological adventure through the mind of Itallica Loghost. A character who just wants one good night of sleep.

Hei Kuu is my personal mythology and was my first collection of purely verbal senryu/haiku minimalist  poetry. I wrote the book drunk and edited it sober as Hemingway suggested. The book is rich with language even though the poems are short. It was released in 2020 and is autobiographical to the point of satire, drama, and tragedy. 

Works & Interviews is where I got my start with so many writing endeavors. It's a book that travels from asemic calligraphy to my many thoughts on asemic writing. This is a book that I am hoping will become a classic someday, and climb out of its underground status. Most of everything in the book is available for free online, but W&I collects everything together in one book, and presents it offline as a document of my existence. 

Here is my personal author blog: https://michaeljacobsonauthor.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

A New Author Site For Michael Jacobson aka Asemic Writer/MK JCBSN


I have a new personal author blog to promote my books. My information was scattered across many different websites and I needed a place to bring all of my asemic/verbal writing together into one location. I have my Ello site, and THATplanet. But I needed a room of my own to decorate and focus on my books, personal writing, and asemic scribbling. 

Click here to visit my website: http://michaeljacobsonauthor.blogspot.com







Monday, April 4, 2022

Somnolent Game by Michael Jacobson is available now!

 

My latest book Somnolent Game is available now at Amazon and other online book retailers.

Somnolent Game
is a prose poetry novella about a bot maniac who has achieved sentience due to someone else’s fragmented memories. He is an insomniac and is trying to escape violence and dream his way into paradise. Along the way he has many mental challenges that he must overcome. The story is written in a quick stream-of-conscious writing style that reflects the author’s actual thought processes along with memories both real and fictional.

I wrote Somnolent Game over winter break, of the 2020/2021 school year, while I was studying art at Minneapolis College. The book began as an exercise in free writing and developed into a full length novella. I proceeded to sculpt and edit the book over 2021 and into the early part of 2022. It is a work that I thought I should release during national poetry month because the book shifts back and forth between poetry and prose. I like to write novellas (The Giant's Fence was my first) because they are a good length to turn into film scripts some day, and they burst with poetical prosaic energy. I don't have much money, so I try to be rich in my writing and art. 

Somnolent Game is a story of life and death and an anti-hero's journey across a dangerous mind-scape.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Post-Asemic Press (April 3, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 122 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736614703
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736614709
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
  • Price : $12.00 

Here is the first three pages from Somnolent Game read by the author:


           

Click on the following links to purchase Somnolent Game at Amazon:

Michael Jacobson is a writer, artist, publisher, and independent curator from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. His books include The Giant’s Fence (Ubu Editions), Action Figures (Avance Publishing), Mynd Eraser, The Paranoia Machine,  his collected writings Works & Interviews (Post-Asemic Press), and his autobiographical collection of senryu poems Hei Kuu (Post-Asemic Press); he is also co-editor of An Anthology Of Asemic Handwriting (Punctum Books). Besides writing books, he curates a gallery for asemic writing called The New Post-Literate, and sits on the editorial board of SCRIPTjr.nl. Recently, he was published in The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics), and curated the Minnesota Center for Book Arts exhibit: Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery. His online interviews are at Full of Crow,  SampleKanon, Asymptote Journal, Twenty Four Hours, David Alan Binder, GAS, Utsanga, Poemeleon, and at Medium. In the past he created the cover art for Rain Taxi’s 2014 winter issue, and as of 2017 he has become a book publisher at Post-Asemic Press. In 2019 he was written up in the book Asemic: The Art of Writing (University of Minnesota Press) by Peter Schwenger; it has an entire chapter dedicated to Jacobson’s calligraphic work. He also founded and administers the asemic writing Facebook group. In his spare time, he is working on designing a cyberspace planet dubbed THAT. His Ello studio can be found here: @asemicwriter


Saturday, April 2, 2022

I am interviewed in the latest issue of Poemeleon!

Maureen Alsop interviewed me for Poemeleon. It's an all Vispo/Asemic issue. Other PAP authors also featured are Tim Gaze, Rosaire Appel, and Cecil Touchon. 

Check it out here: https://poemeleon.me/new-vispo-toc


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Asemic Sound Experience by Tatiana Roumelioti

 

                                             

Post-Asemic Press is excited to release a short 4 track ep of sound poetry by the great artist Tatiana Roumelioti. Check it out now on the PAP Bandcamp site. Tatiana warps language in suspenseful new ways and takes the asemic off the page and into wild new terrain. She also explains the word asemic from its origin in the Greek language in the final track.  The album is the latest release from the PAP sonic division. Look for more sound poetry, experimental poetry, noise poetry, and vocalized asemic poetry to be released by PAP in the future. Happy listening!