Asemic Vispo by Grace Sanford (Henderson, Nevada, USA) & Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

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Visual poetry by Grace Sanford (Henderson, Nevada, USA) (Image courtesy of Grace Sanford)

Yesterday we spied not one but two amazing asemic vispo pieces (both using a cut-up approach) on the internet. We were so excited to share them with you, dearest Tenderfoots, that we took the liberty of appropriating them with minimal permissions. We extend our apologies and plead that the acts of violation were committed in the name of a passion for these FAB constructs and a desire to share our enthusiasm.

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Visual poetry by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland). Image courtesy of Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

For us, these two visual poems bring into focus the possibility that the avant tactic of defamiliarization has a role in the construction of asemic symbols. Both visual poets (literally) deconstructed and disrupted existing text. The reader is aware that text is the primary source, but conventional reading has been made impossible. In instances of recognition, one sees familiar letters or occasionally (as in the case of Grace Sanford’s piece) words. Yet just as soon the recognition of signification disappears into the unintelligible, the incoherent, the unrecognizable. Then the mind constructs new configurations that have no meaning other than being a reference to the idea of language.

We are thrilled to be able to share these wonderful visual poems. Thanks to Grace Sanford and Carina Granlund!

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/glossary/Defamiliarization.html

 

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