Author: playhaus2015

“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.

Five vispo published in Word for/Word #36

Online “journal of new writing” Word for/Word is a great source for experimental text and visual work covering a wide range of styles and modes from contributors across the international avant garde. Wf/W issue #36 was just released for Winter 2021, to get the year off to a good start. I’m very pleased to be represented with five vispo works from my Xtro Diary series. These feature tape samplings and asemic calligraphy. You can check them out here.

Stampzine #36 released

StampZine contributor list and introduction

Assembling magazine StampZine #36 was completed in December, using contributions from different artists from around the world. Each artist sends 20 pages, which are collated (or assembled) into the completed magazine, which is mailed to each contributor. The pages in this issue are shown below, including my work.

StampZine #36 pages; my page is on the left
reverse side of my page

Stamp Zine #35

reverse side of my page for Stamp Zine #35

An assembling magazine is composed of artworks on paper sent in by various contributors. Stamp Zine is one of the few remaining examples of assembling zines; it asks for 20 pages from each artist and requires that rubber stamps be used in some way. Stamp Zine is now up to issue #35, and when I received my copy, I was pleasantly surprised to find that editor and assembler Picasso Gaglione had used some of my writing as the issue’s introduction! This text was drawn from the introduction to an assembling zine I had edited several years ago, soliciting contributions from Washington, DC’s experimental music scene as a part of the Electric Possible concert series I was curating at that time. So yes, it’s a bit Inception like in being a assembling zine introduction drawn from an assembling zine introduction. Or kind of assembling zine cannibalism. Anyway, I was honored.

Stamp Zine #35 introduction

Far more interesting than this long winded introduction is Stamp Zine 35 itself, which features contributions from artists around the world.

Stamp Zine #35 pages, mine on the far right

“Ghosts on the Grapevine” published in Slipstream #40

The 40th issue of poetry journal Slipstream came out a few months ago, but my first copy got lost in the mail during my relocation from Virginia to Texas. Finally got a replacement of this print-only publication so I could catch up with their selection of recent outsider poetry. This issue has a theme of “Spirits,” which mostly refers to ghosts or phantoms in a way that touches real people in real life.

You can acquire a hard copy of the journal for yourself at the Slipstream website.

I’m pleased to be included with my poem “Ghosts on the Grapevine,” and I’m especially honored that my piece was also used as one of the sample poems from this issue on the journal’s website. You can check it out here.

Ten trash vispo published in Utsanga

A brand new issue of Italian avant garde lit journal Utsanga was just published, this one is issue #26. Once again, it’s a huge compendium of cutting edge work from Italy and around the world. I’m pleased to be included once again with ten more visual poems I composed with flotsam and jetsam (aka, street trash) sent to me by my friend David Craig, with a few choice items I rounded up myself. You can check them out here.

Ten vispo published in Otoliths

Otoliths #59 was just released on November 1; this is the Southern Spring 2020 issue. Bigger and better than ever, this one is huge, loaded with more text, vispo, asemics, etc than I’ve seen yet.

I’m pleased to be part of this massive offering of avant garde manifestations with ten pieces of “Trash Vispo,” works composed of various bits of junk mailed to me over several decades by my friend David Craig. After holding this stuff for a long time, I finally figured out a good use for it! You can check it out here.

“Clawing with a Drumstick” published in Rat’s Ass Review

Rat’s Ass Review is an online poetry journal filled with non-academic and outlaw work of serious intent and close attention to craft. The huge Winter 2020 issue was just released today. You can check it out here.

I’m very pleased to be represented with one poem, “Clawing with a Drumstick.” It’s fairly close to the top as you scroll down to read the full issue.