Visual Poetry: 'I Emanate You' by Sascha Engel


'I Emanate You' is a two-part semi-visual piece with hermetic elements, the centrepiece appearing as an alphabet of Engel's own devising, combining Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Liner B syllabograms from ancient Crete, and letters from the ancient Phoenician alphabet, as well as our own Latin alphabet. The resulting alphabet consists of 218 signs, transposing in this case a text in present-day English and inspired by ancient Roman Gnosticism, which is provided in the second half. Each left-to-right line corresponds to each top-to-bottom line from part one, except for the last line which is untranslated as jest to the reader.




Un-writing the classifications and bureaucracies, I emanate You.

Un-writing the centuries of destruction, I emanate You.

Un-writing mere humanity and mere personality, I emanate You.

Un-writing mere ontology and mere epistemology, I emanate You.

Un-writing mere human script, I emanate You.

Un-writing the human/animal duality, I emanate You.

Un-writing the human/plant duality, I emanate You.

Un-writing symbolic reason, I emanate You.





Sascha Engel (@thinkcontinuum) is the founder of Strukturriss, an Ireland-based journal focusing on anarchic dissolutions of text. After teaching in U.S. higher education for a while, he now writes letter structures which have been published in Coven Poetry, Anamorphoseis, Streetcake, and Tattie Zine, among others. His book Twenty-one Computations is out from Beir Bua Press.