MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic TLP by Jason C. Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Asemic TLP (Tacky Little Pamphlet) by Jason C. Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

We are thrilled to share with Tenderfoots another TLP recently received. (We will return to Le Becca soon.) Jason Motsch sent us this FAB booklet of asemic writing. You might recall that we posted some of his work here upon our humble blog not long ago. Jason Motsch has been an enthusiastic and active member of our asemic writing group at IUOMA-Ning. He has mostly been sharing asemic-vispo hybrid work. The asemic writing in this TLP is more fundamental, purist or as some might call it: “asemically correct.” This is certainly a great format for Jason to share and explore his considerable asemic abilities by getting down to basics.

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The pages are relatively small: approximately 2 X 3 inches.

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And the back cover:

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We are not sure if this is a one-of-a-kind TLP or other copies have been made. Regardless, we are thrilled to have it for the growing asemic collection. And the envelope:

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Many thanks to Jason!


Incredible “Doodle Therapy” TLP by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK) and Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

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Cover of TLP (Tacky Little Pamphlet) by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK) and Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

The recent collaborative “doodle” concept, created by Diane Keys (Illinois, USA), has created a bit of a sensation in the Eternal Network. A number of these doodle pieces have found their way online and have proven to be popular.

Always the over-achiever, Rebecca Guyver is producing outstanding doodle collabs. She has developed a colorizing technique that makes them look spectacular! We are immensely fortunate that she sent us TWO amazing new TLPs (Tacky Little Pamphlets) bursting with FAB work. Of course we will share them with you, dearest Tenderfoots. We will document them in two entries. This first TLP is the result of a collaboration between Rebecca and our friend Carina Granlund of Finland.

Rebecca Guyver calls these pieces “doodle therapy,” but we contend they have evolved into comics. Because the subject never strays far from DKult, we are calling them D-Komix.

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You can click to enlarge. Carina Granlund is a FAB illustrator with a love for comics. This project clearly gave her an opportunity to shine.

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Because we are absolutely gushing over Carina Granlund’s contributions, do not – in any way – infer that we find Rebecca Guyver’s contributions lacking. This TLP, we believe, succeeds splendidly due to the wonderful blending of the talents of the two artists. They complement each other. We recognize some of the images Rebecca created, and they are foundational to the piece.

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Those colors are popping!

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We like these pages (above) especially.

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We also call them comics because we think we spot the kernel of a narrative, not always linear or logical, but a story emerging.

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Excellent back cover (above)! She also included this card in the mailing:

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And the new DKULT(UK) stamp! Destined to be a classic:

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Deepest thanks and congratulations to Rebecca Guyver and Carina Granlund. Stay tuned for Part II and another totally FAB TLP!

MinXus Mail Bag: Can-oni-Cal Mail Art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

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Mail art by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

We were thrilled to receive this work from good correspondence friend Joey Patrickt in Oakland. With Joey we are always wondering: What is he going to do next? He never disappoints.

This time it is complicated image and word play. However, nothing needs to be complicated in terms of enjoying the work as long as you know an old, kids’ telephone prank involving Prince Albert tobacco and some American slang. If you do not, then you are on your own because it is difficult to explain. (Given the number of international visitors we have, not to mention generational issues, it is possible that Joey’s brilliance is perplexing to a segment of our audience.)

If the language and joke aspect is lost for some Tenderfoots, you still have some great surreal popart to appreciate.

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We continue to marvel that Joey Patrickt manages to keep coming up with these un-canny pieces that communicate a persona as well as maintain an artistic position in the West Coast School.

Joey and Ray’s blog is well worth a visit for more FAB work:


MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic Vispo & Mail Art Call by Rosa Gravino (Canada de Gomez, Argentina)

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Mail art by Rosa Gravino (Canada de Gomez, Argentina)

Rosa Gravino is a wonderfully talented visual poet and faithful correspondent. She continually works on exhibitions that promote vispo (visual poetry) on a global scale. We have enjoyed working with Rosa Gravino for some time. In particular, we have fond memories of her contributions and involvement in the book projects we coordinated with Cheryl Penn (South Africa).

So we are thrilled to have received this postcard-size asemic work by Rosa Gravino. While the asemic elements are pronounced in this piece, we have seen many other fine examples of vispo-asemic hybrid work by Rosa Gravino. Here is the reverse side of the card:

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Rosa Gravino included documentation from one of her amazing exhibitions.

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Marcela Peral is another excellent visual poet. Here is the reverse side. You can click to enlarge:

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Rosa Gravino also included a modified call for more work:

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Send your vispo!

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Make sure to visit Rosa Gravino’s blog:


MinXus Mail Bag: Scanpo by Maria Morisot aka Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

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Mail art by Maria Morisot aka Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

FinnBadger’s (Columbus, Ohio, USA) recent scannerpo experiment stimulated some conversations about text-oriented compositions in relation to printers, scans, etc.; the concept has been “in the air” lately. Simultaneously, Moan Lisa was interested in ways to generate vispo; so we suggested a kind of scannerbed-rooted layering.

Moan Lisa – or more accurately Maria Morisot – kindly sent us a result of the exploration in a postcard-size format. Maria Morisot appears to have overlaid poems by Jean Garrigue (a fairly obscure contemporary of Elizabeth Bishop and John Berryman) and Queer, William S. Burroughs’ deeply disappointing sequel (if that is the correct term) to Junky.

Maria Morisot’s vispo transcends both Garrigue and Burroughs in this particular instance, IOHO. We did some re-mix work to accentuate the distortion:

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This overlaying has and can be used in effective vispo composition. Overlaid text, we believe, can be used in the generation of asemic writing as well.

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We are huge fans of text overlays – if that is not obvious – and so we are thrilled to have and share this work by Moan Lisa/Maria Morisot. Deepest thanks!

The reverse side of the card:

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Thickly overlaid concrete poetry (aka scanpo aka scannerpo) by Dark wall:

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MinXus Mail Bag: RayJ Against the Machine or Is Richard Canard Ribbing us? (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

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Mail art by Richard Canard (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Curbing minimalist tendencies, Richard Canard sent us this wonderful piece some time ago that we are just now getting around to documenting. Richard’s usual gift for wordplay and ironic brilliance is expressed here using a strategy drawing from Popart, manipulation of found materials and the visual syntax of vispo. He again reveals himself as an absolute master of the avant modes that have been absorbed into mail art. That all this comes together as a wry homage to “Sweet Baby” Ray Johnson launches this piece into the realm of the Instant Classic, in our humble opinion. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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We also include a card Richard Canard sent us that is a bit more serious.

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Pointed political, social and cultural commentary can be found in the Richard C. canon. He has an itchy trigger finger, as they say, when it comes to firearms, a trait he shares with others in the American grain such as William S. Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway and Richard Brautigan.

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Thanks as ever to Richard Canard for sending this FAB work!

A Second DKult Brooklyn (DKULTBRO) Newsletter Mysteriously Appears

Earlier in the spring, a newsletter alleged to have been produced by DKult Brooklyn appeared on several internet venues, including this humble blog. The document was anonymous but traced to sources in both Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York.

Critics claimed the DKULTBRO newsletter fanned the flames of an already volatile situation in New York State involving rival DKult chapters. Now a second and equally mysterious newsletter has been posted. This issue is now reaching a broader audience via The Telepath Telegraph blog, which features conspiracy theories and reports on the supernatural and extra-terrestrial encounters. http://thetelepathtelegraph.blogspot.com/2015/05/they-are-making-me-post-this.html?spref=fb A

DKULTNY spokesperson said, “DK, especially after the bumper sticker, I would think you would join DKULTNY in our effort to bring these posers to justice. We must get to the bottom of this and find out who is releasing this material. “Again, I call upon Mxxxx Wxxxx to appear here at IUOMA or in another public forum to address charges and to state whether or not she is behind these newsletters. Especially given the fund raising campaign for KDJ, I think the sale on organ transplants ad is extremely insensitive and in poor taste.”


Not playing with a full deck: A page from the second DKULTBRO newsletter. Full version posted on The Telepath Telegraph.

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