Transcripts from demagnetized tapes – Vol. 1

Transcripts from demagnetized tapes, Vol. 1, foreword by Sloan De Villo, LN 2021, ISBN 979-8688757347 [Asemic-Concrete-Eng]
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Asemic writing and visual poetry are inherently connected, and the relationship is symbiotic. Thus it is not at all surprising that typewriter-generated concrete poetry (ironically considered by some to be obsolete) is re-emerging in new forms and with considerable vitality in the asemic writing movement.
Federico Federici is one of the master practitioners of this interesting sub-genre. (He is also contributing to my long-held theory of Neo-Concretism.) That contemporary asemic writers and artists should benefit from the triumphs of the “Golden Age” of concrete poetry is, after all, an indication of healthy cultural evolution: a balance of tradition and the iconoclastic.
Working in the context of concrete poetry, Federico Federici uses type-overs (as well as some calligraphy) to generate asemic symbols and structures. I believe this is one of the most promising possibilities for the use of concrete poetry in the asemic realm: The generation of symbols and structures.
Federici also interjects words – mostly nouns – to allow for some degree of “reading” and association. A nature theme emerges: “TREE,” “weed,” “wood,” “leaf,” “deer,” “stone,” etc. The work can be read, but not strictly in a conventional sense. For instance, traditional syntax is lacking yet the sign-system is intact for individual words. Poetically, the work presents a severely fractured pastoral lyric that is neither highly Romanticized nor parodied.
The typewritten structure suggests linearity; however, I believe the piece requires a “depth-of-field” reading. (Both asemics and vispo require new kinds of reading.) One is directed to look into and through the dense layering (not across).
Federici’s asemic-concrete composition implies, I believe, that a “text” is a dense field of accumulated meanings. Meanings can be distorted, obscured or disrupted by others. Emotional response competes with rationality. Linear (conventional) reading is misreading and misleading. True understanding of the text involves seeing into its depth and layers of possibility. The play of these layers of meaning, in turn, creates new meanings. Federici’s work, indeed, uses a randomness principle. The precise geometry of concrete poetry obscures the randomness and creates a deconstructive tension in the work.
The asemic text demands a new kind of “reading” and finding meaning. Federico Federici’s work helps open new possibilities.

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“A private noteboook of winds” featured by David Ebony in “Art in America” – May 2020

Trees work in the woods like words do in the poetical text. Exploring a book like this goes beyond the pure reader’s control and turns into a practice whose results are unpredictable. – Tim Wallington.

«Exploring asemic patterns found in nature, Berlin-based physicist, translator, and writer Federico Federici offers a meditation on trees and wind. This volume contains a wide variety of mark-making—from thin curved lines and printed text to thick smooth brushstrokes and small illustrations.» David Ebony in “Art in America” – May 2020

A private notebook of winds, KDP/lulu.com, 2019 (Asemic-Eng), ISBN 979-8640410952 / 978-0244791414
The original of this book belongs to the Academy of Fine Arts Palermo artists’ book collection [1] [2]. Featured by David Ebony in «Art In America» May issue, 2020.
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Die Leere Mitte – Call for papers

Guidelines

Broadly accepted: Experimental and conceptual writing, theoretical papers, asemic and concrete texts, vispo, theorems, axiom collection, quantum weirdness, reviews of books addressing these topics and the like.
Texts: poetry (60 lines max. overall); prose (500-600 words max. overall). Format: Times New Roman 12; single line spacing; all in one .doc (no .docx) or .odt file. Languages: Catalan, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.
Visual: 1-3 B&W images. Format: jpg, tiff, png, 72-300 DPI.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that the piece is withdrawn if accepted elsewhere, as well as previously published works when properly credited. Each issue will be free to download (.pdf). A printed version will be made available through lulu.com for collectors. No reading fee; no payment or complimentary copies to contributors at present. Authors assume responsibility for the originality, intellectual property rights and ethical implications of submitted works.

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profilo minore – 14.0-14.1

Profilo minore, a cura di Andrea Cortellessa, Nino Aragno, Torino 2021, ISBN 978-8893801331 • buy: amazon.it • libreria universitaria • IBS • listen: podcast • watch: YouTube • download poem

# 14.0
 
vivi, in una terra dura
disfacendosi nell’erba,
scricchiolanti arbusti
fessi alla radice, selva
d’abachi sbilenchi,
sillabano i venti

affiorano reperti
sterminati silenzi
attendono la fine
del discorso, la gemma
nascosta agli alfabeti

*

se taci, risuonano a scatti
sfregandosi i rami tra loro
in questa riga di paesaggio
agitata a rumore
sempre percossi, premuti,
crepati, sibili o fischi

ancora su questa altra morte,
nei solchi vuoti

calco dell’ultima lettera
spuntata, non detta



# 14.1

se taci, vibra precisa
la sola rimasta viva
parola a margine del mondo,
non pronunciata si affina
a riga incerta del vero,
frammista alla calca
di tutti i frammenti,
inscritta nell’andirivieni
di strofe, di smorfie, se taci
la scopri – sussurra
nel fiato ai discorsi,
soffia da sopra le cose
che vogliono andarsene
come non dette

profilo minore – 13.0-13.1

Profilo minore, a cura di Andrea Cortellessa, Nino Aragno, Torino 2021, ISBN 978-8893801331 • buy: amazon.it • libreria universitaria • IBS • listen: podcast • watch: YouTube • download poem

# 13.0
 
prendere parte al tempo
nel corpo, sentirsi addosso
crescere le ossa, tirare via
la pelle, ridursi a una misura:
una falange un mese,
un’unghia un’ora o poco
più sul guscio una fessura,
sul cranio lacero al pensiero

perdere le parti esposte
al vuoto, deporre i pesi
ripudiati, di polvere, di petali,
di pollini posati sui capelli,
restare poi senza memorie
al mondo, gettare l’ombra
propria a quei fondali
di luce e cose a farsi
schermo, non corpo



# 13.1

dove resteranno ombre
a stancarsi, staccarsi
dalla punta delle dita
e intorno al muro e sotto
l’albero, la terra e le radici

dove si avvera il buio
che le dissolve e le disgiunge
dall’astratto dello schermo
che poco le trattiene,
ombre nel digiuno
di poca luce ancora
pronte nei riflessi, unite
per il peso ai corpi

profilo minore – 0.0-0.1

Profilo minore, a cura di Andrea Cortellessa, Nino Aragno, Torino 2021, ISBN 978-8893801331 • buy: amazon.it • libreria universitaria • IBS • listen: podcast • watch: YouTube • download poem

# 0.0
 
ripartiti male,
triturati o penduli
in angoli di buio,
filamenti o nodi,
ròsi lembi tesi
in buchi d’altro
fiato aperto, fili,
arnesi d’aria
o abachi di cifre
a caso, alfabeti
conficcati nel silenzio


(dare fiato al nulla
e dire il mai)



# 0.1

mentre recide con metodo
alla radice raschia un residuo
di senso, mutila, scortica
l’ultima muta parola accolta,
lacera e non rimargina
quei filamenti di sillabe,
trucioli e scarti dove neanche
la somma riconta gli addendi

anche la prova del resto fallisce,
come non tornano insieme l’acqua
e la neve caduta, per un difetto
che tenta e si assoda alla forma,
l’acquieta, come se fosse
tra queste parole il non scritto
a colpirle, a percuoterle intorno,
a farle tremare dentro

profilo minore – I.b

Profilo minore, a cura di Andrea Cortellessa, Nino Aragno, Torino 2021, ISBN 978-8893801331 • buy: amazon.it • libreria universitaria • IBS • listen: podcast • watch: YouTube • download poem

# I.b

luce che non può restare
da ogni parte accesa cade
da ogni cosa persa s’apre
alla fessura che finisce il mondo
nell’infnitesimo del tempo

prima che diventi fisso il buio
si frantuma, sciama in parti
indivisibili, invisibili
mostra al mondo gli occhi
che contornano i profili

*

dove andare finché resta
l’orma al buio, ferma,
persa, no
                              ma presa
al moto, forma data

al peso di restare
al mondo, di acquietare
il passo, dopo il passo
a non finire (non finisce
finché il tempo lo trattiene)

Una sera con Peter Rabbit

Lettura integrale di Lettere d’amore a Peter Rabbit (+ 1 inedito e diverse conversazioni e improvvisazioni) registrata su un prato dell’Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, nel pomeriggio di sole del 23 settembre 2021. Lampi sonori da Disappearing musics di Jakob Ullmann.

Lettere d’amore a Peter Rabbit, collana Manufatti poetici a cura di Paolo Giovannetti, Antonio Syxty, Michele Zaffarano, Zacinto Edizioni, Milano 2021, ISBN 978-8833831350
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