Toward the end of last month, I attended the 2011 APCA conference to give a presentation on asemic writing for a panel called “Collecting as Pedagogy,” and during the Q&A session, the concept that asemic writing is in fact not synonymous with “wordless writing” was brought up. Later, I was chatting with asemic author Michael Jacobson about that same subject, and he said that, to him, the pwoermd is one of the best examples of totally semantic literature that nonetheless possesses asemic sensibilities. Now having read Geof Huth’s ntst, I completely agree. Huth is the father of the pwoermd–the “word poem”–so it makes sense for him to have such an extensive history with writing them.
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