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New Project: “Found” Asemic Writing

November 1, 2010

I have a new project: “found” asemic writing. It combines the tradition of found poetry with asemic writing. Found poetry is poetry formed by taking words, phrases, or passages from other sources and forming a new poem from them. The original text can be changed substantially or not very much at all in the creation of a new poem. Asemic writing is an open form of writing in which the writing suggests meaning, but the reader fills in the semantic content for her or himself. An excellent gallery of asemic writing exists at The New Post-Literate.

I’ve worked with the creation of asemic writing before, but in those pieces I created the patterns myself. For this new project, I take, photograph, and create from those I “find” around me in everyday life. A shadow between leaves, a splotch of paint on a sidewalk, or the curve and creases of a balled-up blanket–anything that suggests an image ripe for “reading”–will provide me with an image for writing. Some images/patterns will remain largely unchanged, and some will be altered, although their basic shape will still be visible.


shadow and leaf variation

shadow and leaf variation



8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2010 5:55 pm

    Well, I like this sort of thing. My reading of “oceans” is rather depressing though. The oceans here are nothing but little dabs of brightly colored pigment, an attempt to put a good face on the fact of their polluted, degraded condition, revealed by the dried-up ground they are painted on, the red dabs standing in for this failed painting as well as oceans of blood.

    Thanks for the links to the asemic writing site.

    • November 3, 2010 7:01 pm

      Glad to give the link! The New Post-Literate is pretty cool. 🙂 Wow-I like your read. The funny thing is that the appearance of desiccation came relatively late in the process of creation. It was much more lush before! I knew this was right, though, when I saw it.

  2. November 3, 2010 1:11 am

    mmmm… look forward to more

  3. November 5, 2010 3:30 pm

    Just wonderful! Love the combination 🙂

  4. January 12, 2011 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the mention! You have a cool blog!

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