MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic writing from meeah Williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

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Mail-art by meeah Williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

We are thrilled to share with you this fantastic visual poetry with asemic writing sent to us by new friend meeah Williams in Brooklyn, New York. meeah has been posting often literary, often witty and always insightful blogs at the IUOMA. Obviously blessed with a natural curiosity and inquiring mind, she has been digging into mail-art history.

She has been discovering the various obscure forms and practices that flourish in the network but are little known elsewhere. These include asemics, concrete poetry, visual poetry, haptic poetry, object poetry and the general tendency to work with found materials, manifested recently in Trashpo. (Not to mention numerous visual art practice derived from DaDa and Fluxus.)

meeah is a quick study, indeed, as we understand she has not previously worked with these forms in any conscious or concerted way. The work above synthesizes text, image and shape as well asemic symbols into a fascinating field composition that displays a formal structure. This is a great example of a work that balances a certain degree of formalism with the organic. She also included a kind and compelling message on the reverse side:


meeah Williams raises numerous issues here that have relevance to many. At the core, we believe we discern the beginning of a serious discussion about the role of the avant garde (or postavant as some have suggested) in challenging the constructs that enforce what is sometimes called “official” or “shared” reality and our role, or the lack of a role, in creating it.  meeah points out the phenomenon. While “asemic writing” is a difficult concept, people seem to produce it, especially in childhood. Yet meeah’s missive deserves a personal response, which we shall write, while at the same time sharing her thoughts.

Make sure to visit meeah Williams’ blog:



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  1. Trackback: MinXus Mail Bag: “Birdwatching with Antonin Artaud” by meeah Williams (Brooklyn, New York, USA) | MinXus-Lynxus

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