Author: playhaus2015

“Temples of Tulum” published in Streetcake

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An online magazine for “innovative, experimental, and visual writing,” Streetcake just released it’s latest installment. Issue 54 is a quick read with many interesting pieces. It also includes my poem “Temples of Tulum.” This is another piece in my Civilization’s Lost series, inspired by lost civilizations around the world and examining the fragility of languages, cultures and nations. You can read it here.

Flashback: Golden Poet Award 1991

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I found this “beautiful certificate” in a folder filled with miscellaneous literary correspondence. World of Poetry ran many contests, and anyone who entered would get one of these mass printed forms. I’m not sure it inspired me to “new poetical heights,” but I did write a subversively sentimental poem for one of their contests.

Back in the 90’s, it seemed rather amusing to send stuff to them. Once I got an Honorary Mention Award, but haven’t found that yet. The company made money by compiling huge books filled with sentimental poetry and selling them to the Golden Poets who “contributed.” I could have ordered the “brass and walnut Golden Poet Plaque” mentioned below, but I never did that either. So I have nothing to “celebrate my greatness.”

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Judging by a quick Internet search, World of Poetry no longer exists. That would seem to leave a huge vacancy for an organization to boost poetic egos while fleecing them of their money. I wonder what happened to Edde-Lou Cole and her poetry mission?

Amazon sale on Savage Night and Other Stories

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Goofing around on Amazon today, I noticed they are offering copies of my book Savage Night and Other Stories for only $4.41. That’s a huge discount on the $19.99 list price! What a great opportunity to grab a copy if you’re interested. Check it out here.

This book collects a bunch of my early experimental science fiction stories alongside my early science fiction novel Savage Night, which uses the Ancient Egyptian myth of crossing the Land of the Dead to describe a journey into the self. Thematically, everything here seems to follow the classic sex or death duality, often at the same time.

Not sure how many they have at this price. I would buy them all, but I still have a couple big boxes of them from the last time I saw the price drop. After my royalty payment, I got copies for a buck each.

Although the back cover synopsis is available on the listing, here it is anyway:

Two books in one this collection includes a short novel Savage Night and a group of stories exploring similar themes of death control self actualization and the conflict between the socialized self and the True or inner self. In Savage Night, Jean Savage is a crew member on an industrial ship forced to land on a desolate planet so its parent corporation can form an alliance with the ultimate enforcers of control the serpent headed demons of the Duat, a nocturnal underworld the Ancient Egyptians visualized in their funereal text The Book of Coming into Day. Not content to own the bodies of its employees, the RA corporation wants to exploit their souls as well In the Duat there are no enemies of RA. Not anymore. Fighting a guerilla war using sex magic rituals and protective spells, Jean struggles against the corporation and its demon allies to keep her true self alive until the dawn that brings escape. But her biggest challenge is finding her own soul her True Self ,which has been lost in layers of social psychological and corporate control.

“Other Stories” features two early Jean Savage texts exploring similar themes in different contexts where she is a juvenile delinquent struggling against the hostile influences of family and society. There are also stories involving killer clowns spreading a bizarre sex virus, pirates seeking immortality in deep space, a trio of eco terrorist mermaids, and the gingerbread man as a computer hacker. Using black humor, social satire, violent eroticism, science fiction motifs, and experimental narrative structures, these compelling yarns perform themselves in the cinema of the mind s eye.

“Dance with the Last Angel” published by In Between Hangovers

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One more poem in venerable underground poetry blog In Between Hangovers, part of their daily dose of outsider scribbling. This time “Dance with the Last Angel” makes its first appearance in print. You can read it here. While you’re there, check out the work of Tristram, Catlin and Babbs, also appearing today.

“Two Pages in the Book of Death” and three other poems in Danse Macabre

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Online literary journal Danse Macabre features “noir coloratura letters by authors from around the world and beyond the grave.” The magazine’s new issue #109 is just out today. It includes four of my poems: “Two Pages in the Book of Death,” “The Subway,” “The Great Thief,” and “Djinnie in the Rain.” You can read them here.

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“Lift Cap to Hand” published at In Between Hangovers”

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Underground poetry blog In Between Hangovers publishes a selection of poems each day. They recently accepted a batch of stuff from me, which they seem to be rushing into electronic print. Today, my poem “Lift Cap to Hand” joined the chorus of underground voices. This is from the “surreal rant” style pieces in my stash, which sort of rely in strings of outrageous similes to create a blur of images. This one always makes me laugh when I get to the line “lurching like a bee stung circus convoy in Mexican heat.” You can read the whole thing here.

“Whistling on a Wire” published in Le Scat Noir

The 228th issue of old school avant garde journal Le Scat Noir was just released today. An homage of sorts to the humorous art movement of Le Belle Epoque France (circa 1880) called the Incoherents and their nightclub and journal Le Chat Noir, the modern day LSN combines humor, art news, Trump mockery, word play, literary experiments, cartoons, color graphics, and literature in translation, all in a dynamic, visually appealing layout. One of their many amusing taglines: “LSN continues to set standards where none exist.”

This issue also includes my poem “Whistling on a Wire,” which many other journals have rejected, presumably because of its scatalogical nature–in it, an oragutan pees on a crowd of National Zoo-goers. You can read it by following this link.

While the previous issues have been free, I regret to say this October 2017 installment costs $5. But if you peruse just one of the previous ones, you’ll see that it’s a good deal.

“One a Day Rides Again” and four other poems in Synchronized Chaos

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I just learned that online literary magazine Synchronized Chaos published its September issue on the first of the month; its theme is “Peace and belonging.” The issue includes five of my poems: “One a Day Rides Again,” “Acapulco Beach Down Midnight,” “Let God Alabama,” “Noman on the Run,” and “Thunderbird Has Landed.” You can read them here.

In her introductory comments, Executive Editor Christina Deptula wrote, “This month’s contributors write about peace and belonging – their hopes for these things, where they can find them and where they don’t.” She then notes how each contributor’s work fits that theme. About my pieces, she said, “Jeff Bagato’s poetic speakers belong where they are, immersed in their environments in these rich, atmospheric pieces.” It’s always interesting to read someone else’s impression of my work. In a way, it’s nice to have some explanation of what it’s all about! LOL