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Asemic writing is a wordless form of writing, an art form offering an impression or abstraction of conventional physical writing. In Fluency, we see a union of Karla Van Vliet’s lifelong practices of art and poetry, each dissolving into the other and resurfacing as asemic writing in full flower. Here are thirty-seven images, thirty-seven pieces of literary expression that extend far beyond literary convention, accompanied by Van Vliet’s personal insights and remarks.
“I listen into this empty and full space and then I place my pen or brush to the page and let my hand move. This is the practice of communication with what is within me. With asemic writing I do not need to know anything more than this. No word required. No sense of meaning required. Just the willingness and desire to be in the process of making marks.” - Karla Van Vliet, Fluency
“Subtly tinted and textured, Van Vliet’s markings seem much older than they are--fragments from a lost civilization, wiser than ours. Each page is worth a prolonged contemplation.” — Peter Schwenger, author of Asemic: The Art of Writing
Karla Van Vliet has two forthcoming books in 2021, Fluency: A Collection of Asemic Writings, from Shanti Arts, Spring 2021 and She Speaks in Tongues, a collection of poems and asemic writings from Anhinga Press, Fall 2021.
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