answering the question [What is visual poetry?] one full-color chapbook at a time

this is visual poetry by Marco Giovenale

27 September 2011 - Filed under Giovenale, Marco + Italy + male


Marco Giovenale lives in Rome. He’s editor of His most recent book of (linear) poems in Italian is Shelter (Donzelli, 2010). His artbooks are Sibille asemantiche (Camera verde, 2008) and, under the name of Differx, aweapon (2008), Severe red (2010), unrelated | undepicted | (diptychs) (2010), and septemware (2011), all by Vugg Books. Some sibyls are also in the Anthology Spidertangle (Xexoxial, 2009). A gunless tea, collection of 23 prose pieces, was published for the 2007 Dusi/e-chap project ( The prose CDK was published in 2009 by Tir aux pigeons. An interview is here: For more information, please visit:

Credits: One image has been previously published in The New Postliterate, and one in Fieralingue, thanks to Michael Jacobson, and Anny Ballardini. Author photo by Francesca Valente.

Marco says: “This book offers a variety of tablets or frames/plates of asemic writing: in cursive or glyphs style.

My opinion is that asemic writing is a major path leading out of the western logos legacy. Generally speaking, twisted signs or tiny glyphs like these ones can be left alone on the page, unrecorded or not; and they (try to) bring on — even in this way — their peculiar anti-discourse, set out of the common sense and the shared meanings.

Then they (or their images) can also be involved in a process of further change(s), passing through a thousand digital doors — facing some sort of multiverse. It’s something you can perceive in most of these pages.

Such glyphs seem they want to stand as signs of a possible wider change: a shift in the writer’s mind, and the reader’s eye. The former will be ready to abandon the power of language, the pre-written codes of the meanings’ dictatorship; the latter will try to do his/her best in dealing with such a lack of known coordinates, alphabets, recognizable lines of speech, in order to catch the weird non-melodic phrases in an area of new graphic entities.

Many of the asemic sibyls and glyphs I drawrite fade in the black side of the sheet, they leave the trace of a trace, in the reader/viewer’s mind. He is no more a spectator, nor someone in need of convictions and fixed “omega” goals and targets. He is — we are — free to simply enjoy the faint passing of those traces. (Their fair impermanence).”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by bruno neiva

30 August 2011 - Filed under male + neiva, bruno + Portugal


bruno neiva is a Portuguese writer, poet and artist. He has published several chapbooks, such as: “early-natttura”, “polar coordinates and N2OC10H12″, “sad items”, “natttura1-7″, “Nuvem Ruim”, “o livro das minhas proezas de pesca 1-8″, “Samples 17-24.”, “Samples 9-16″ and “Samples 1-8″. His work can also be found in magazines / e-zines: otoliths, BlazeVox, moria, ditch, The Anemone Sidecar and Word For/Word. So far, he has held 3 exhibitions: “asemicdraftsone”, “nuisance series” and “2/4 séries”.

bruno neiva says: “I build sober structures: constrained, classical. One word? Detachment.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by Massimo Sannelli

29 August 2011 - Filed under Italy + male + Sannelli, Massimo


Massimo Sannelli. Born: 1973, 27th November. I live in Genoa, Italy. I try to follow what I think it’s the better way to live. So I’m a writer and an artist; a translator and an actor always working with voice(s). That’s all. When I make these visual poems or electronic drawings, I’d like to force my mind to be a better communicator of the inner self. These poems are created by a normal word-processor, in order to be as light as children are. That’s all the power I can use, it’s not a great one, and I like it.

Massimo says: “this IS DONE, and that IS DONE, another thing is TO DO, later: theater, music, art, translations, poetry, performance. i don’t know the *direction* of my work(s). the absolute and invisible Work is filled of works: the first is abstract, the others do exist. all is real. the mind quotes itself. there’s the real gorgeous practical wish to look for real gorgeous practical happyness. nothing but fragments of an invisible mind-poem I’d like to share with people. we can help each other to be more self-aware. feel free to email me:”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

27 March 2011 - Filed under male + Singapore + Zhicheng-Mingdé, Desmond Kon


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé adores Jackson Pollock. He first conflated Cubist and Abstract Expressionist sensibilities in “One Line About the Sea”, a mixed media canvas of charcoal, graphite and metal he created for the closing event of the Singapore Writers Festival in 2009. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. He has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. He sporadically works on an on-going project of recasting his early 1990s illustrations into what he calls Linearte Poems.

Desmond says: “In 2005, I subjected myself to several bouts of binge drinking to achieve more authentic streams of consciousness. Fragments written during that time appear in these images, which cast the poetic line against the geometric. There are allusions to drip painting but made angular and planar. Boxed. Staggered. A flattened texture. Icy and thin.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by NF Huth

27 March 2011 - Filed under female + Huth, NF + USA


NF Huth’s textual work has appeared in Listenlight, The Literary Review, Philadelphia Poets, CWM, and others. Her visual poetry was featured at The New Post-Literate, and her book of visual poetry, sansound, was published by dbqp. LAUGHING/OUCH/CUBE will publish her first book of poems. She publishes found sound at Click Buzz Chirp, and photographic images that are both pointy and blue at Pointy Blue.

This series, A Space for It, uses photos she took in 2009 at the Saari Residence and at Turku Castle, Finland, in Manchester, U.K., and on East Caroga Lake, New York. The icicles are from a 2011 photograph taken in Schenectady, New York.

Author photo by Geof Huth.

Nancy says: “These poems are about empty places, leaving space for the reader to participate.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


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