Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Durch/Through by Thomas Havlik available now from Hesterglock Press!

With durch/through Thomas Havlik has channeled Henri Michaux and created a microscopic bestiary which writhes just on the boundaries of reverie, grasping grasps for meaning and searching for syntax. durch/through is a linguistic fever-dream; read and let your eyeballs squirm.
— Derek Beaulieu

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I received some great new books from Paul Hawkins and his Hesterglock Press recently. Among the books was this raw calligraphic gem Durch/Through by Thomas Havlik. "Dada calligraphy" was my first impression upon digging through the pages of the book. Then once I ventured farther in, the gestures in the work seemed to exorcise out the art spirit(s) dwelling on the paginal cave walls. The lines of writing at first come across as simple childlike gestures, but then they give way into a powerful compendium of rough soul scripts. I like that this book of calligraphic writing allows me to find something new or forgotten along the journey as I travel among the leaves. The asemic or asemantic writing of Durch/Through gives the illusion of change but remains static as a foundation for thoughts and creativity, and only evolves in the reader's mind as intuitive glances into the totality of human experience/trauma. This book returns to the origins of writing, but it also successfully dwells in early 21st century Internet scribbling culture currently everywhere on and offline. Letters are teeth that we use to eat life; in Durch/Through the slightly legible letters and coarse lines are masticating thousands of years of human literary endeavor and leaving nothing but honey.

durch / through
Thomas Havlik

13 x 20 paperback 2019
ISBN: 9780368359965
156 pages

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Thomas Havlik's works of abstract calligraphy are impossible to describe with words, so here are some sample pages from Durch/Through

Thomas Havlik, born 1978, in Scheibbs, Lower Austria
Currently living and working in Vienna. Autor, works on the boarders of sound- visual and performance-poetry. Many Publications in Literaturemagazines, in Text and Audioanthologies and on Radio.  On stage he´s combining voice live-processings with prepared micropieces of letters, alphabetic strings, phonems and textsnippets. co-editor of the vienna based online soundpoetrymagazin “huellkurven”, dedicated to sound poetry, poésie sonore, lautpoesie, noise poetry, sound-text composition, audiditve poesie etc.
Employment with the Dadaists, Surrealists, Futurists. Confrontation with the Vienna Group and its view of language as a material. I was subsequently fascinated by the artistic possibilities of electro-acoustic processing of speech. Henri Chopin, Jaap Blonk and Lettrists. Since then I have attempted for my own approach that connects the poetics of space, light and movement. Emphasis on sound poetry, performance and radio work in contrast to the conventional writing...

Saturday, April 18, 2020

R.I.P. Peter Ganick 1947-2020

We're very sad to report the following news about Peter Ganick, a long time artist, volunteer and supporter of our organization. Rest in Peace Peter.
Peter Ganick, 73, of West Hartford, passed away on April 16 at Saint Francis Hospital following an extended illness. Before retirement, he taught classical piano in the Greater Hartford area and was founder and editor of a small non-profit publishing company, Poets and Poets Press. A prolific avant-guard writer and artist, much of his writing is part of a collection at the University of Connecticut and his more recent artwork is at Ohio State University. Much of his artwork and some recent poems can be seen on Instagram at ganicoto1. He was a devoted member and volunteer at the West Hartford Art League. His wife of 38 years, Carol Ganick, has established a memorial fund in his name. Donations to the fund may be sent to the West Hartford Art League, 37 Buena Vista, West Hartford, CT 06107

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Post-Asemic Press has a new primary Wordpress site!

Check it out here: https://postasemicpress.wordpress.com/

The Post-Asemic Press blog was getting a little overcrowded, so I went ahead and built out the new Wordpress site yesterday. This will make the books stand out more so they don't get lost in the clutter. Asemic writing is still the primary focus of PAP but I do have some experimental poetry projects in the works: Code Poems 2010-2019 by Francesco Aprile, and Hei Kuu by Michael Jacobson. These 2 projects fit in to the "poetry" category. But the next book to drop from PAP is GLITCHASEMICS  by Marco Giovenale. This book is a one-of-a-kind romp through glitch art and asemics and will take asemic writing/publishing/reading to a whole new experience. So check out the new website, and pick up an asemic book if you are able to!