"Dead End Road", Richard Wink

Richard Wink’s new poetry book Dead End Road, published internationally by BeWrite Books (UK), reviewed by Lynn Alexander. An interview with Richard Wink is forthcoming in PRATE.

Dead End RoadUK poet Richard Wink has been published widely and has released six poetry collections through various publishers, such as erbacce, Trainwreck Press, Shadow Archer Press, and more. His poetry has appeared here at Full of Crow Poetry, and he has been active in the independent press scene through his support for small and independent presses and his work with Gloom Cupboard.

This poetry collection, through BeWrite Press, will also be available as an eBook- the “way of the future” and a medium that has already been embraced by small presses as a remedy to the costly and prohibitive process of connecting writers and readers.

Dead End Road includes over fifty poems, both previously published and new work, most of the poems have not been published before. Continue reading

The Giant's Fence, by Michael Jacobson

The Giant’s Fence by Michael Jacobson. Reviewed by Lynn Alexander.

The Giant’s Fence is a visual novella by Michael Jacobson, eighty pages of something many people have not experienced before: asemic writing.

I’ll get back to what “asemic writing” is and what it isn’t to the extent I can, but The Giant’s Fence is an asemic work comprised of what Jacobson calls “trans-symbolic script”. The symbols are laid out in rows as many traditional texts might be, and eyes prone to English habits might indeed follow their paths in a linear way. They don’t have to, however, as there is no natural beginning or end outside of those habits or defined by the binding, the author has said that it is not intended to progress in a way that coincides with pages, to start at page one and proceed. You could start in the middle and come back around if you wanted to or experience the symbols in blocks, aggregate. The manner of “reading” and approaching the text is individual and the meaning is derived intuitively, the experience is subjective.

Discussing such work cannot be undertaken in the same way as we might start other reviews. It is necessary to explain some of the background of asemic writing right at the onset, in order to try to talk about what Jacobson is doing- as best we can. Continue reading