Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tip of the Knife, Issue 18





Joel Chace
Marco Giovenale
Stephen Nelson
Mark Melnicove
Connie Tettenborn
Jim Fisher
Bill DiMichele 

Joel Chace

Joel Chace has published or has forthcoming work in print and electronic magazines such as The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket.  He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections, most recently Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press Red Power, from Quarter After Press, and Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press.

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Marco Giovenale

Marco Giovenale lives in Rome, where he works as an editor and translator.  He’s founder and editorof gammm.org (2006) and asemic-net.blogspot.com (2011).  An ever-changing draft of his English prose pieces is at differx.blogspot.com.  A little archive of his vispo stuff (up to the year 2007) is at http://vispostock.blogspot.it/.  Linear texts in English in the books “A gunless tea” (2007, also at http://www.dusie.org/gunlesstea.pdf), “CDK” (2009, see http://tir-aux-pigeons.blogspot.it/2009/03/cdk-marco-giovenale.html), “anachromisms” (2014: https://ahsahtapress.org/product/anachromisms/), “white while” (2014: http://www.gauss-pdf.com/post/98317758615/gpdf131-marco-giovenale-white-while).  In anthologies: Anthology Spidertangle (Xexoxial, 2009), The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics, 2012), An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting (Uitgeverij, 2013), A Kick in the Eye (Createspace, 2013).

Pseudo-Labyrinths & Asemic Homage to Jean Dubuffet:

Stephen Nelson

Stephen Nelson is a Scottish poet who works in a variety of forms.  Recent books include Lunar Poems for New Religions (KFS Press) and Thorn Corners (erbacce-press).  His visual poetry is primarily letter based and often concerned with spiritual themes.  He sees vispo as a precursor to a more advanced form of inter-personal communication where words are bypassed by consciously shaped electro-magnetic signals.

Illuminations - after Rimbaud

The Beginning of Despair

A Horse with No Name

Box of Bees

My Own Personal Black

Mark Melnicove

Mark Melnicove is a visual and performance poet.  His published works include ADVANCED MEMORIES, THE UNCENSORED GUIDE TO MAINE, THE MAINEIAC EXPRESS, and FOREIGN POLICY.  During the 1980s and 90s he was Bern Porter's publisher (The Dog Ear Press) and performance partner (The Eternal Poetry Festival).  A retrospective of his work will be on display at the Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine, Sept-Dec 2015.

After I Get the Om


Rotation of the Earth

Connie Tettenborn

A picture paints words; words paint pictures.  Sometimes we mean what we say and say what we mean.  Sometimes there is layer upon layer of meaning, and there is no limit to the imagination.  An idea for a visual poem may come in a flash, but it is refined and reworked as I sketch and paint.  My hope is that the end result will cause the viewer to pause and think and, perhaps, have an appreciation for any insight gained.



Getting Through


Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher is a poet and musician based in Kensington, CA.  Four of his collages recently appeared in issue X of dislocate, the journal out of the University of Minnesota.  His collages are on pp. 49 -52.  An earlier series of collages appeared in issue X of the online journal SLEEPiNGFiSH.  A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, poems of his appear in DIAGRAM

Good Night

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The Hanged Man

Bill DiMichele

Kiss the Son Lest He Be Angry

A Ruby, a Topaz

Fruit in His Season

I Will Come Back and Take You

When They Rise to Shake the Earth

If He Turn Not

All the Days of My Life


Send submissions for TOK 19 to julie-d@prodigy.net.  Submissions are due by February 14, 2015. 


  1. Love this stuff! jim Leftwich turned me onto this site. Is there an address i can submit pieces t? I am not very computer savvy!\Thanks, Neil Gordon

    1. Hi Neil,
      Yes, please send your submission to julie-d@prodigy.net.
      Bill and Julie

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