“Asemic Epitaph” and three other poems published in Datura

Datura is a print and online literary journal “of deviant and defiant work” published in French and English. Datura issue 11, dated March 2021, was just released. Full contents below:

• Docteur Burz: editorial
• Jeff Bagato: Asemic Epitaph, March of the Antelops, Toothpast Comes to Town, and Lullaby for Ouija (poetry)
• Alain Lasverne: Adoption en cours (récit)
• John Tustin: Another Box, Dying in a Place, I Ease into my Seat, There will Never Be Peace upon the Streets of my Heart, and Wings Clipped (poetry)
• Stéphane Casenobe: CE QUI PERDURE POUR NOUS PERDRE, LA FACE INCONNAISSABLE DU JOUR, ET DEVIER LA MAIN QUI ECRIT !, SIGNE DE MAIN ET DEPART ?, TOUT M’EST DÛ CAR JE SUIS PAUVRE ! et DE LÁ J’HESITE ? (poésie)
• Christopher Barnes : What the Street Remembers 11 to 15 (poetry)
• Léonel Houssam: extrait de Notre République (roman)

I’m pleased to be represented with four poems: “Asemic Epitaph,” “March of the Antelopes,” “Toothpaste Comes to Town,” and “Lullabye for Ouija.” You can read them on Issu here.

Floral Float Flume excerpt published in Var(2x)

Var (2x) is an online literary journal by the makers of X-Peri reserved for the most extreme literary experiments. I’m pleased to have (finally) made the cut with an excerpt from Floral Float Flume: Flue Flit Flip, a novel about AI units engaged in a series of marketplace transactions. This selection comprises about 18 pages, or the first four episodes out of ten. The whole story runs 70 manuscript pages.

The vocabulary of the piece is severely limited to words beginning with “fl-“. What you see is not a random selection of words but a precise narrative with specific meaning and syntax. Four letter words are operations; five letter words are objects. To start with, “Floral Float Flume” is the name of one of the transactional AI units, and “flue flit flip” translates as “enter offer profit,” a kind of “vini vidi vici” for transactional AIs.

If you dare, you can read the selection here.

3 trash vispo with critical response published in Swifts and Slows

Swifts and Slows is a quarterly online publication of Arteidolia literary journal which focuses exclusively on collaborations between artists. Issue 10 was just published for March, featuring a wide variety of multidisciplinary interactions including music, video, art and text. I’m pleased to be included with a rather unusual collaboration: three of my trash vispo works were published alongside notes and critical commentary by Daniel Barbiero. I usually work in isolation, so it’s a rare privilege to get a look at how someone perceives the results of my experiments. In a way, this project is a three way collaboration, as the vispo were composed using trash gathered and mailed to me by my friend David Craig. You can check it out here.

StampZine 37 released

Stamp Zine is an assembling magazine focusing on rubber stamp images. Contributors create 20 pages, and the total are compiled into individual issues. Stamp Zinessue #37 was recently issued, and I’m pleased to be included with the page shown above in front and back views. The other pages in the issue are pictured below.

“A Kiss of Fog” flash fiction published in Autumn House Review

This one’s a bit complicated…Autumn House Journal opened and closed last year, and then reappeared this year with a new name: Autumn House Review. So the new/old November 2020 issue was published January 2021. It includes my prose poem/flash fiction piece “A Kiss of Fog.” I’m pleased it’s been returned to the online world. You can read it here.

“A Rattle of Hooves” and four other poems published in Synchronized Chaos

Online literary magazine Synchronized Chaos released its February issue yesterday, this one with the theme “Polish and Refine.” According to editor Christina Deptula, “This month, each of our many and varied contributors takes some sort of thought or experience and turns it over in their mind, rendering it into a piece of craft.” There’s a variety of interesting work here: poetry, visuals, short fiction.

I’m pleased to be included with five poems, which the editor notes exhibit “our human strength and nature’s resilience”: “Rattle of Hooves,” “The Dead No Longer Know,” “The Fuel That Silenced Suns,” “Towel Museum,” and “Backhoe Theory.” You can read them here.

“Hold This Moment in Stone” published in Future’s Trading

The final issue of online experimental journal Futures Trading went live today; this one is issue 8.2. As usual, the journal is full of fine text work and a few vispo, most seem to have an elegiac tone with civilizations and histories viewed through the mists of time. That’s the case with my piece included here, “Hold This Moment in Stone,” part of my Civilization’s Lost series. You can enjoy the whole issue here.

Ten trash vispo published in Otoliths #60

Issue sixty, the southern summer, 2021, issue of Otoliths is now live! According to editor Mark Young, this one marks fifteen years of the journal and “it maintains the eclectic & exciting mix of visuals & text that has graced it since its beginning.” Indeed, Otoliths seems to be something of the journal of record for the current incarnation of the international avant garde. Issue 60 is overloaded with contributions from over 100 artists, with many familiar to observers of the scene.

I’m pleased to be represented with ten examples of my “trash vispo” series, pieces composed of junk sent to me by my friend David Craig when he was living in Herndon, VA. Yes, he actually sent me the old latex glove and the plastic wrap from a toilet paper package. You can view the pieces here.