Lit Rag Roulette

“Don’t Fear the Rainbow” and one other poem published in Unlikely Stories

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A great, long-running literary journal based in New Orleans, Unlikely Stories expands its online component with a monthly literary salon, book publishing, video readings and more. I’m pleased to announe two of my poems were published on the site today: “Don’t Fear the Rainbow” and “A Picnic Full of Secrets.” You can read them here.

Five visual poems published in Utsanga

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Utsanga is an online journal for experimental literary work, edited from Italy. Utsanga #20 was released recently, filled with visual and textual work from across the international avant garde. According to the Facebook announcement:

“Utsanga.it: il numero 20, giugno 2019, è online con Wellington Amancio, Mariangela Guatteri, David Chirot, Anna Serra, Ruggero Maggi, Michael Filler, Nico Vassilakis, Kristine Snodgrass, Paolo Allegrezza, Carmine Lubrano, Martina Stella, Marcus Volz, Leo Barth, David Kjellin, Stephen Nelson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Karla Van Vliet, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Vitaldo Conte, Volodymyr Bilyk, Francesco Aprile, Simon Costello, Sacha Archer, Richard James Biddle, Oronzo Liuzzi, Nùria Martìnez Vernis, Nancy Scott Bell, Mark Young, Louis Crane, John M. Bennett, Tom Cassidy, Jeff Bagato, Hank Lazer, Giovanni Cardone, Giorgio Moio, Giorgia Romagnoli, George Sabov, Du Ru Xie Bai, Chris Turnbull, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Carla Hackenschmidt, Cal Priest, József Bíró, Bill Bissett, Annie Bergson, Anna Boschi, Alexander Limarev, Neus Borrell, Pierre Bastien i Nicodemes Mendes.”

I’m pleased to be included with five pieces of visual poetry from an early tape sample series. All the pieces were made by “sampling” daily newspapers using cellophane tape. You can check out the selection here.

Two poems published in Futures Trading

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The latest issue of online literary journal Futures Trading, this one numbered 7.1, came out yesterday. It includes works from across the international avant garde, pieces from Mike Jurkovic, John N. Miller, DS Maolalai, Genelle Chaconas, Sanjeev Sethi, Christopher Barnes, Grant Jenkins, Jim Meirose, Richard Kostelanetz, Mark Halpern, Mark Blickley, Monty Jones, Natan Last, Ewa Mazierska, Liz Glodek, Jeff Bagato, Sacha Archer, and Mark Young. Check it out here.

I’m pleased to be represented by two poems: “By the Wind, By the Sea, By the Storm” and “Coming Home to Lemuria.” These are from a new-ish series based on lost civilizations from around the world, an effort to account for the fragility of languages, cultures and nations in these grim times. You can scroll down through the issue to read my work, but here’s a brief excerpt, below.

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“Best Offer” and “Quick Cash Secret” published in Avant Appal(achia)

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An online journal for experimental writing, Avant Appal(achia) just released its seventh issue today, featuring contributors from around the world. I’m pleased to be represented by two texts, “Best Offer” and “Quick Cash Secret.” Both of these are from a new series in which I’ve attempted to work with the kind of language deconstruction displayed by the two Facebook transactional AI units before they were disconnected. You can read them here.

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One poem and five pieces of asemic calligraphy published in Angry Old Man #7

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A new issue of experimental lit journal Angry Old Man was released online on May 29, featuring an encyclopedic selection of works from the international avant garde. I’m pleased to be represented by five more works of asemic calligraphy (view here) and the text piece “Final Days” (view here). Samples below.

The text piece is one of my experiments to replicate machine language, following the lead of the Facebook AI units which detourned English to their own meaning and syntax. These pieces represent transactions of some sort–persuasive messages, negotiations, or something else.

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“Flip Operations I” and two other texts published in Zoomoozophone Review’s last issue

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The last issue of experimental lit journal Zoomoozophone Review was released yesterday, May 17.  This blow to the international avant garde is tempered by the massive trove of material in ZR Issue #17, which features 116 pages filled with work from 40 contributors, including: Alexander Limarev, Alexandra Naughton, Angela Caporaso, Austin Islam, Beach Sloth, billy bob beamer, Cand Torrance, Carmen Tracey, Cecelia Chapman, CL Bledsoe, Clay Thistleton, David Patton, Francesco Aprile, Glen Armstrong, Heath Brougher, J. D. Nelson, Jeff Bagato, Jeff Harrison, Joel Chace, John M. Bennett, John Pursch, Keith Higginbotham, Kristie Shoemaker, Kushal Poddar, manuel arturo abreu, Nanna Juul Lanng, Nathan Spoon, Nathan Stapleton, Nicholas Bon, Nico Vassilakis, Patricia Walsh, Rosaire Appel, Sanjeev Sethi, Shane Allison, Sheila E. Murphy, Susan Sweetland Garay, Texas Fontanella, Volodymyr Bilyk, Yrik-Max Valentonis, and Yuan Changming.

I’m pleased to be part of this issue with three texts: “Flip Operations I,” “To This End,” and “Everything Goes Now.” These are part of a new series exploring the possibilities of AI computers performing transactional negotiations, with stripped down vocabularies of English words used in ways that do not mirror normal syntax.

You can purchase an issue of Zoomoozophone Review #17 (price starts at $0) on Gumroad using this link.

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“We May Cry Atlantis” and two other poems published in BlazeVOX

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Blaze VOX #19, the Spring 2019 issue, was recently released online, filled with experimental work from a wide range of contributors. This issue includes three of my poems: “We May Cry Atlantis,” “Reporting from Oz,” and “First Dispatch.” You can read them here.

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“Flip Operations II” and 5 asemic calligraphy works published in Otoliths

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The latest issue of Otoliths was released today, this one being Issue 53, the southern autumn, 2019. As usual, it’s an encyclopedic compendium of “plays, poems, paintings, reviews, stories, and collaborations galore” from across the international avant garde spectrum, including work from Lynn Strongin, Jeff Bagato, Pete Spence, Kyle Hemmings, Seth Howard, Andrew Topel,  Jim Leftwich, Steve Potter, Sanjeev Sethi, David Baptiste Chirot, Alison Ross, Mike Callaghan, John M. Bennett, Stephen Bett, Jim Meirose, Joel Chace, John Bradley, Dah, Ian Ganassi, Laura Bell, Emilio Morandi, Steve Dalachinsky, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, R. Keith, Cecelia Chapman, Keith Polette, Daniel de Culla, M. Liberto Gorgoni, Olivier Schopfer, Mary Cresswell, Jack Galmitz, Anton Yakovlev, B. J. Muirhead, Nina Živančević, Gregory Kimbrell, Cameron Lowe, Pat Nolan, Richard Kostelanetz, Daniel f. Bradley, Sheila E. Murphy, Adam Fieled, Bill Wolak, Márton Koppány, M.J. Iuppa, Gregory Stephenson, Elaine Woo, Karl Kempton, J. D. Nelson, Carol Stetser, Neil Leadbeater, Texas Fontanella, Tony Mancus & CL Bledsoe, gobscure, David Lohrey, Douglas Barbour, Keith Higginbotham, Guy R. Beining, Sarah Sarai, hiromi suzuki, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, Carla Bertola, Tom Beckett, Randee Silv & Mumtazz, Mark DuCharme, Michael O’Brien, Elmedin Kadric, Keith Nunes, Bob Heman, John Kalliope, Rebecca Ruth Gould, Charles Borkhuis, Tony Beyer, Kenneth Rexroth, Maralena Howard, Stu Hatton, Michael Brandonisio, Brian Glaser, Penelope Weiss, Stephen Nelson, Tom Daley, Bernie Earley, Anna Cates, Jeff Harrison, John Levy, Vernon Frazer, Miro Sandev, Sabine Miller,  Christopher Barnes, Nick Nelson, Jimmy Rivoltella, Katrinka Moore, Joe Balaz, Marilyn Stablein, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., John Pursch, Joseph Buehler, Colleen Woods, Michael Philip Castro, Michael Prihoda, Henry Crawford, Wes Lee, & Gay Beste Reineck.

I’m very pleased to be in the bunch with one text work and five asemic calligraphy pieces.

“Flip Processor II” is actually a “short story” about two AI robots conducting business transactions in a proprietary language consisting of a limited vocabulary and specific syntax. You can check out this work here.

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3 vispo published in 3:AM Magazine

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Online literary journal 3:AM Magazine regularly published visual poetry of a specific aesthetic they call “poem brut,” referring to handmade pieces with an outsider feel. Today, three of my visual poems appeared in the magazine. You can check them all out here.

I called these pieces “tape samples” because I discovered them while “reading” newsprint sources using cellophane tape, collecting ink residue in a kind of analog sampling process. Maybe this evidence confirms the unfathomable world hidden behind the clutter of advertising and news reports with their nakedly cynical purposes. I’m always searching for these alternate spaces; I find them reassuring.

Since I made the series of pieces in the 90s, they have acquired a nice patina of age as the newspaper sticking to the tape turned brown. The backing paper was always that tan color.