Lit Rag Roulette

Ten visual poems published in Utsanga

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The new issue of Utsanga (#23, March 2020) was released today, packed with visual poetry, asemic writing, text work and poetics to help us while away the quarantined hours. It’s one of the the major journals documenting the international literary avant garde, and a quick glance of this one reveals interesting work by John Bennett/Texas Fontanella, Mark Young, Judith Pauly-Bender, Axel Calatayud, Francesco Aprile…well, it will take a while to check it all out. I’m pleased that the issue includes ten of my visual poems from a series incorporating tape samples (from Chinese newspapers) and asemic writing. You can check it out here.

“The Spider That Laughed at the Sea” short story published in Danse Macabre du Jour

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Danse Macabre du Jour posts dark and atmospheric fiction and poetry on a daily basis as an adjunct to the periodical Danse Macabre. I’m very pleased that my short science fiction story “The Spider That Laughed at the Sea” appeared today. You can read it here.

In the story, a dysfunctional family lands on an unfamiliar planet, hoping to find a suitable place to set up a home. Their search for food leads them to a a cluster of giant spiders on the beach of a milk white sea. Lured by the temporary paradise they find there, the family becomes part of their new world.

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“Making America Great Again” and five visual poems published in Otoliths

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Great news! Issue 56 of Otoliths was just released. Sad news: it is dedicated to the memory of Reuben Woolley, a fine poet and editor in the vast international avant garde, who published my work in his journal Curly Mind. He will be missed as a poet and peace activist, both of which are much needed today.

Otoliths 56 is chock full of the usual suspects, representing the full range of textual and visual poetics options today, always cutting edge and great fun. Never a dull moment and an essential read. I’m very pleased to be represented among such fine company with a text poem from the robotspeak series, “Making America Great Again,” which applies the linguistic logic of the Facebook AI units to the branding catchphrase of the current US delinquent-in-chief. Plus 5 visual poems with asemic writing from a recent series of tape sampling pieces that seem to represent a scientific journal from a human colony on an extraterrestrial world. You can check it out here.

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“A Bleeding Screen of Need” and two other poems published in Synchronized Chaos

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Online poetry issue just released its first issue of 2020 on New Year’s Day, including a wide variety of work centered on the theme of “Co-evolution and Adaptation.” Three of my poems appear in this one: “A Bleeding Screen of Need,” “The Pieces Fail to Fit,” and “Salamander Tides.”

The editor wrote a nice introduction to the pieces, noting:  “In Jeff Bagato’s poetry, speakers resist oblivion in various ways: creating digital identities, building objects as a distraction, even lashing together sticks to form a raft in a rushing current.” You can read the poems here.

4 vispo published in Word For/Word

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An online journal for experimental writing and visuals, Word For/Word has emerged with snazzy new site design for its Winter 2020 issue, number 34. Big contributor’s list with many familiar names from across the international avant garde (see above). You can view the issue here.

It’s great to be part of this one with four visual poems I created by “sampling” newspapers with cellophane tape. My favorite of that whole batch is the one in the image above. My contributions can be viewed here.

Four Gonch poems published in X-Peri

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X-Peri is an online blogozine for “high experimentalism,” which seems to mean really deep space language play judging by previous installments. I’m pleased to be part of it with the journal’s last post of the year, published yesterday, Dec 23. There are four poems written in “gonch” language, which means words composed from the letters of the phrase “all gonch”: “Chac Ghanagan Colhaggach Angacalla,” “Ocanongna,” “Anga Hagna Cagacna,” and “Nallanach Choc Hanol.” Plus one image from the Gonchlog made from letters drawn from some old issue of Rhapsody magazine. You can check it all out here.

Five asemic vispo published in Utsanga

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Very excited to see the new issue of Utsanga released today–this one their 22nd issue. Lots of asemic and visual poetry here from across the international avant garde, including John Bennet, Texas Fontanella, Volodymyr Bilyk, Mark Young, and many more I should be more familiar with. I’m pleased to be included with five pieces of asemic vispo from a new series of work that seems very much like a journal from a far future human colony world on another planet. You can check it out here.