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Help Orison Books publish a beautiful, full-color book of Sam Roxas-Chua's asemic writing/artwork!
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ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT: a collection of asemic writing by Sam Roxas-Chua

What is asemic writing?

"There are some words I believe we will never have words for. That's asemic to me. A made up script that is alive, an inner frequency."
-Sam Roxas-Chua

"Here is writing that is entirely open to the world, a poetry that generously refuses to delimit the human experience or accept only what is known. While it may be defined as 'asemic writing,' such definition sterilizes what we have before us: a poetry that precedes language, a personally rhythmic grammar that plays among the tools of expression, and explores the outer boundaries of the rational as it searches for connection. In today's literary climate, Echolalia in Script is refreshingly, breathtakingly transcendent."

-Michael Wiegers, Executive Editor, Copper Canyon Press

"The first time I met Sam Roxas-Chua he invited me to view the nests he'd made of chewed poems. Perhaps a year later he told me that he swam in a vat of pulp to understand the life of paper. And one night he photographed wet Oregon pavement and through his lens transformed soaked sidewalks into Chinese silk panels. Everything Sam does is unscripted. Everything he does is exquisite. His collection of asemic writing, Echolalia in Script, is sublime."

-Sandra Alcosser, author of Except by Nature and Sleeping Inside the Glacier

"Sam Roxas-Chua’s gorgeous collection of asemic writings, Echolalia in Script, presents his gestural inscriptions as they move elegantly over the page as delicately as lyrical strands of light snaking and doubling across the surfaces of a wind-lit mountain lake. Indeed, here lies one whose imagination is writ on water . . . in all of its meditative beauty, deep soul-solace, and artistic resolve!"

-David St. John, recipient of the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

"In this elegant dance between language and image Sam Roxas-Chua at once intensifies and transcends the capacity of marks on the page to make meaning. With every line and brush stroke in this stunning volume Roxas-Chua reminds us of the sheer childlike joy of putting ink to paper, and underscores the power and universality of this primal human act. This is a book to behold and marvel at, not just to read."

-Valerie Laken, author of Separate Kingdom and Dream House

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"Swan" Series Original Paintings

"Exegesis in Silver & Orange"

"Equis" Series - Ceramics Meant To Be Broken

"Cocteau Twins" Vase

"Escrip" Series

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"Agimat" Accordion Book

 

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"A Collection of Eyelashes on Paper"

Sam's first-ever asemic piece, along with a print of its companion poem (originally published in Narrative Magazine).

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Excerpt from the poem:

When I was eighteen
I swallowed a needle

attached to a red thread.
I stitched my name

to the sails of a moored haunt—
my parents.

Their tongues unanthemed—
distended bloats of indigo.

I remember standing
in front of their bodies

burning— a good boy listening
to bones hissing

like pumice stones.
The instructions were clear:

Bless the piss,
bless the blood.

"Fontanellia" Series

(example: one of three unique works in the series)

"Palpate the Third Rib, Break It If You Have To"

"Dear America"

"Gamot"

 

ABOUT SAM

Sam Roxas-Chua is a poet and visual artist living in Eugene, Oregon. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops and the promotion of poets and writers. Sam holds an MFA from Pacific University. A chapbook of his poems, Fawn Language, was published by Tebot Bach in 2013, and a full-length collection, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, is forthcoming from Lithic Press.

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Orison Books needs your help to make Sam's book a reality! His gorgeous work deserves to be presented in full color and on excellent paper, which is a costly endeavor. But with your help, we will produce a volume that brings Sam's vision to life--a book that is a delight to hold in your hands and which you'll treasure for a lifetime!

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    "Swan" Series Original Painting

    An original, one-of-a-kind 2"x2" swan image by Sam.

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    Exegesis in Silver & Orange

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    5 More "Exegesis in Silver & Orange"!

    The first three sold out quickly, so Sam is offering 5 more! Original, one-of-a-kind 2' (L) x 2" (H) artwork by Sam, plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT.

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    "Equis" Ceramics Meant To Be Broken

    Original hollow ceramics by Sam containing hand-written notes, meant to be broken open during a difficult time, plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT.

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    "Escrip" Series

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    "Cocteau Twins" Vase

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    "Agimat" Accordion Book

    Hand-made, one-of-a-kind accordion book featuring Sam's original art, plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT.

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    Palpate The Third Rib

    Original 9.5" x 13" artwork in squid ink, sumie, and gold: "Palpate the Third Rib, Break It If You Have To," plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT.

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    Dear America

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    "Fontanellia" Series

    Original 9" x 12" artwork by Sam (squid ink, sumie ink, japanese gold watercolor), plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT.

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    Gamot

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    A COLLECTION OF EYELASHES ON PAPER

    Sam's first-ever piece of asemic writing (8.25" x 11.75", sumi ink on onion paper) along with a print of the companion poem (originally published in Narrative Magazine), plus a signed copy of ECHOLALIA IN SCRIPT!

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