Echolalia in Script is a truly original marriage of visual art and poetry. Lines of Roxas-Chua's poetry are paired with his arresting asemic visual works-artwork that imitates and plays with the idea of script but which is a purely visual language. Asemic writing is a meditative process for Roxas-Chua and these images entrance enrapture and invite contemplation.
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. Roxas-Chua 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 was released by Lithic Press in 2017.
"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." &ndashSandra Alcosser author of Except by Nature and Sleeping Inside the Glacier
"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." &ndashMichael Wiegers Executive Editor Copper Canyon Press
"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!" &ndashDavid St. John recipient of the Rome Fellowship & 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 &ndashValerie Laken author of Separate Kingdom and Dream House