Author: playhaus2015

Poems in Indiana Voice Journal and Your One Phone Call

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Two journals released some of my poems today. Indiana Voice Journal published “Atlantic Sound” and “Come Another Sun.” You can read them here.

Your One Phone Call published “Ouija on the Rag,” of of a growing series of pieces revolving around the character Ouija. You can read this one here.

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“Swimmers on 20th Street” and 4 other poems in Empty Mirror

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Empty Mirror is a great online literary journal that features reviews and articles on Beat literature along with contemporary textual and visual poetry. Today, the magazine published five of my poems: “Swimmers on 20th Street,” “Travel to Cashback,” “Le Coup,” “Prisoners of More,” and “Soup de Jour (Election Year).” You can read them here.

A few notes on these. “Le Coup” is loosely based on the documentary film Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit’s successful covert operation to connect a tightrope wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and then walk across it. Although “Soup de Jour” was written years before the current president was even a candidate, it seemed pertinent enough that I posted it to the 100 Thousand Poets Resistance Poetry wall. On that blog, it was formatted without the spacing. This is its first public appearance with line indents as intended.

Le Scat Noir Encyclopedia

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As a contributor, I’m pleased to announce that the latest issue of Le Scat Noir literary journal happens to be a weird and wonderful encyclopedia! This tome contains “entries from Acrostic to Zwine, and features contributors from around the world…Discover rare factoids, flash fiction, nubile moon spew, mythological arcana, cabalistic pathogens, pataphysical detritus, scatological schemata, crypto-heuristic scripture, and radical homomorphism. Over 100 pages of profusely illustrated weirdness.” It’s available only in paperback from Amazon. You can check it out and buy a copy here.

All my contributions come from a short text I called the “Space Word Book.” I lost track of how many entries from my work ended up in the Scat Noir book, but it includes pieces on “Earth,” “International Control Board,” “heatshield,” and “interstellar space.” These articles stand alongside those on Alphonse Allais, fart bear, ouija scramble, phubbing and reducing windows. Some entries are funny, some are weird, and some are deadly serious. It’s an exploration of the hinterlands of human knowledge that should prove edifying to anyone.

President Ubu

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While browsing Amazon, I ran across a new version of Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi (handy Wikipedia reference) that links the megalomaniacal, illogical tyrant Ubu with our current Dear Leader. The adaptation is fittingly titled Ubu Trump.

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According to the synopsis, this book is: “Translated and Entirely Updated by Rosanna Hildyard. Though ostensibly Surrealist, Alfred Jarry’s 1888 play Ubu Roi bears disconcertingly close resemblance to America in 2017. This new version, which brings Ubu to the USA, is a bombastic, irreverent romp through the misadventures of the titular usurper of the White House, with a sharp eye for materialism and political infighting.”

I was actually pleased to see that someone else had made the Ubu/Trump link. Last year, I resurrected the “Ubu for President” campaign posters I made during one of the Obama elections. Some of these actually made it into paper boxes on the streets of DC in 2016. The first photo shows one of my posters in situ, collaged with the remains of a Washington Examiner magazine cover depicting the soon to be Dear Leader. Unfortunately, I got lazy and didn’t do much with this postering campaign.

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“Pere Ubu for President” was meant to be a joke. The text on the poster, referring to Ubu’s real estate development concepts, was a broad reference to the Trump organization’s modus operandi. Who would elect an obese, raving, ignorant sociopath, dressed in a kind of KKK outfit, as a leader? Now we know the answer to that.

Having never read Hildyard’s adaptation, I can’t recommend it over the original. If you have not read Jarry’s play, now’s the time. It’s a remarkably adept likeness of the Tweeter in Chief, performed only once in 1896. On the play’s opening night, it caused riots in the audience, starting with Ubu’s first pronouncement, a corruption of the French word for feces: “Merdre!” You can easily find copies of Ubu Roi available on Amazon. Once, the title was translated as “King Turd,” just to let you know the general zone of the satire involved.

When you’re done reading about King Ubu, you can read Jarry’s two sequels: Ubu Cuckolded and Ubu Enchained. It could be likely these plays spell out the full trajectory of the current regime!

Stylus + Astatine live recording from Sonic Circuits 2017 concert released on Soundcloud

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Stylus director Jim Adams posted the recording from the latest Stylus concert at Sonic Circuits 2017 to Soundcloud. This was a collaboration with French artist Astatine, involving an ensemble playing vinyl 7″ supplied by Astatine, supplemented by guitarists and video projections. Stylus exclusively uses Califone turntables sourced from elementary schools that updated their A/V equipment. As one of the turntablists, I find the description “pratfalls for multiple turntables” rather appropriate! More on the personnel and recording details below. You can check out the track on Soundcloud here.

STYLUS + ASTATINE
AT TO ER // APT TO ERR // WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Live @ 2017 Sonic Circuits Festival
Rhizome DC . Washington DC USA . Sunday 17 September 2017

periodontic tablatures + pratfalls for multiple turntables, vinyl recordings, guitars + digital malfeasance

001 TWIN FORKS
002 UNFINISHED PLOT
003 REQUIREMENT FOR LOCAL CONTENT
004 SOUNDS FROM THE ATTIC

STYLUS turntable ensemble
JS Adams, artistic director + score . Califone . processing . visuals
Jeff Bagato, Califone
Chester Hawkins, Califone
Janel Leppin, Califone
RA Martini, Califone
Gary Rouzer, Califone
Keith Sinzinger, Califone
Chris Videll, Califone
Bianca Williford, Califone

Stéphane Récrosio / Astatine, vinyl + original source recordings

Jeff Barsky, guitar
Josh McDonald, guitar
Guillermo Pizarro, digital contributor

Mei Mei Chang, live infrared visuals

Steve Sanders, recording
Joseph Dress, video