Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tip of the Knife, Issue 26

Another TOK has landed, lights flashing, moving without sound, saucer shaped and unexplained.  The portal opens and our visual poets disembark, luminous horns and huge red eyes examining the earth-scape.  The knowledge they bring will assist human evolution, cure illnesses, and stop mankind from destroying itself.  They bring an uber-language called Visual Poetry to evolve human souls, summon pieces of an unknowable language, vowels, syllables bordering on insanity, sentences piping directly into Humanity, lifting the limits of understanding for those who care.  There is a story about 4 rabbis studying the Quabala- one looked and went mad, one became a heretic, one rolled over and died, and only one came and went in peace. It’s the same in Visual Poetry- not all come and go in peace, many suppose Visual Poetry is meaningless so they search for fame and fortune in other places.  And some, whose language is pride may as well be dead.  

So here they are, our alien visitors, infusing the world with wonders, turning words into sounds (or noise, just as good) and letters into pictures.  So when you’re done checking out this magazine, look out your window, and you’ll see a cigar-shaped metallic object as it speeds off, task completed, into the purple sky above the Cali desert.

    Bill DiMichele


Sean Burn
Volodymyr Bilyk
Marilyn R. Rosenberg
Cristina Nualart
Mark Young
Vernon Frazer
Mark Russell


Sean Burn

Black tames the background.
Pupils are circular drains in the 
madcap centers of the works.

only reason i've no joined with those other ghosts is cos i had (have) words & they didnt. no been worth it tho been in love / loved twice, found few comrades, allies, friends. a little community too

ain breathe

languag dissocia



trans late paine

werent spok

Volodymyr Bilyk

Heavy like Deuterium.  Massive like
a supernova.  Radical like cold fusion.

Volodymyr Bilyk is a writer, translator from Ukraine. 

His works include: visual poems in the series This is Visual Poetry (2013), CIMESA (2013), Casio's Pay-Off Peyote (2013), SCOBES (2013), THINGS (2014), Laugh Poems (2014), Vispo Ay Ai Ay (2014), "To When Tea Ties Hence to Wank It Too" / "Eminent Means of Basil Dado Hem-Welt" in The Chapbook 5(2015), "Heartbeat, Footclick, Machine Gun Vocalizes" (2016), Roadrage (2016) and screenplays for the films "Midget-Stripper" (2012-2013), "The Trial of Beilis"(2013-2015), "Escapee" (2014), "Joan the Battalioner" (2014), "Waking" (2015), "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (2015-2016).

His works were exhibited on Bright Stupid Confetti Asemic Show, Yoko Ono Fan Club, Venti Leggeri in Bologna, The Spiral Asemic Show in Malta; EL MARTELL SENSE MESTRE in Barcelona, The Future is Here Again: VISUAL LANGUAGE in New York, 1st International Literary Fair of Mato Grosso (2015), World Association of Visual and Experimental Artists in Valjevo and OVERCONSUMPTION in Ternopil.

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Marilyn R. Rosenberg

Beautiful levels of interaction.
Graceful motion.  I love the mouse
that casts a negative shadow.

Marilyn R. Rosenberg is working, alone and with collaborators, on asemic and visual poems, bookmarks, edition artists’ books and sculptural unique bookworks.  Many are published in print, on the web, and in zines, anthologies and exhibition catalogs. Works are in traditional drawing mediums mixed with images MRR creates on the computer.
See works on the web and in many college, university and museum exhibitions and libraries. 

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Cristina Nualart

A traffic jam of words, shapes and colors.
Layers of byzantine beauty. Excellent
variations on a theme.

Creator of an interesting life, and of fetching images bred with gutting viscerality or concerted machination. 

During Uncertainty




Mark Young

An ideological connection to DaDa.
Text as mask of the worldly word.
An anti-composition. 

Mark Young's most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore, from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago.  An e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne, came out earlier this year from Red Ceilings Press, & another, For the Witches of Romania, has just been published by Beard of Bees.

a homage to magritte




                                                                                                              keeping rembrandt at bay

Vernon Frazer

A subtle diagonal balancing act. A beautiful
flow. Positive and negative space
never close up.                                                                           

Mark Russell

A modern reading of the Qumran
scrolls. A space ship on the surface
of Mars. Heiroglyphics, graffiti & a
blue you could swim in.   

Mark Russell’s visual work can be found at Otoliths, M58, and The New Post-Literate. Other poetry includes (the book of moose) (Kattywompus Press), Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop Press), ا (the book of seals), and Saturday Morning Pictures (Red Ceilings Press).



The Rainbow's in Town


Closing Text #26:
Time for some overdue thanks for our hardworking Tip editorial staff:
Julie- editor in chief/ office manager
Will-photographer/ technical assistance
It’s not clear what I do.