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cloak by Andrew Topel
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Mar 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: five-star, asemic-writing, poetry, visual-poetry
Read in March, 2010

The asemic writing of Andrew Topel has wowed me before. His online portfolios of VVIISSIIOONNSS and wrEYEtings have dazzled my mind with their intricate complexities and the care that Topel seems to exert into every one of his asemic pieces or visual poems. With "cloak," he combines literary forces with an equally obsessive, dangerous, and brilliant individual John M. Bennett in order to beautifully distort and reanimate English language with the disguise of asemia. Words such as "movable," "necessary," "steam," "wick," "expert," "chant," "hermit," and "Revolution," amongst numerous others, are issued new meaning and/or stripped of their previous definitions before being joined together in elaborate and alien synergies of texts, symbols, hieroglyphics, xenolinguistics, and scribbles. Andrew Topel and John M. Bennett's "cloak" accentuates the visibility of writing rather than hides it, and it is a must-read piece for any enthusiast of asemic writing.

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