Lit Rag Roulette

Slipstream #38 out now

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Slipstream literary magazine just released Issue #38, the Water themed issue. It includes one of my poems–alongside a large roster listed in the notice above. This is a print-only magazine, so an issue costs $10–but it is a major outpost of “outlaw” poetry (for lack of a better term). You can check out some sample pieces and place an order here.

Waiting for my author copies to arrive, at which point, more on this publication.

“This Drifting Into Air, Alive,” and 3 other poems in Outlaw Poetry

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Online journal Outlaw Poetry is something of an encyclopedia for what it says on the tin: outlaw poetry in all forms. Today four of my poems appeared in the journal: “This Drifting Into Air, Alive,” “Winnemucca, Nevada, 9 a.m.,” “Summer Movie,” and “Get Off the Stick and Rest.” You can read them here.

“Supreme Facts,” three other poems and six video stills in Angry Old Man

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Always an event when a new issue of online journal Angry Old Man is released, and the new #4 is no exception. Crammed with piles of cutting edge images, videos, essays and poems, it covers the international experimental lit and multimedia scene more thoroughly than anything I’ve seen since Otoliths. Impossible to fairly represent the contents in a brief summary; best just to visit the site here.

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I’m very pleased that this issue includes six miscellaneous video stills, the “Silenced Scribes” video, and four poems: “Supreme Facts” (brief excerpt below), “Sparkle of a Golden Nose,” “IOU-topia,” and “On the House.” You can check out the stills here, the video here (yes, it’s been on YouTube for a while), and the texts on this page.

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Night Garden Journal Summer 2017 Anthology released

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Night Garden Journal recently released its anthology of poems from last summer as a Lulu book. You can see the full list of authors above. I’m pleased to say my poem “The World is Ash” is included.

You can get a shipping discount (see image above) if you order today on Lulu at this link.

“America’s Porn Star Love” and two other poems published in Zombie Logic Review

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Today, Zombie Logic Review published three of my poems: “America’s Porn Star Love,” “Life on the River, Ripened on the Vine,” and “Ouija at the Feast.” You can read them here.

The first piece has something to do with pornography. The second features Mowgli and Baloo the bear escaping civilization. The last is yet another poem featuring Ouija Board as an actual character.

“my hand is big (supersized me)” published in Synchronized Chaos

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Just learned that online literary journal Synchronized Chaos published one of my poems in the July issue, released on the first of the month. This issue’s theme is “Ways of Being Human,” exploring how to be a person in our world in three categories: “Inspiration and Motivation,” “Small Individuals, Big World–or Vice Versa?” and “Storytelling and light humor.” Lots of familiar names from the international outlaw poetry scene here, like J.J. Campbell, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, J. D. DeHart, and Gary Glauber, so lots of good stuff to read here.

My poem “my hand is big (supersized me)” was included in the second category, with these comments from the editor: “In a more humorous vein, Jeff Bagato gives us a character who’s quite large. His body, his belongings, his self-concept – everything about him is defiantly big. This serves as a commentary on some cultures’ relentless drive to expand and grow, on the idea that ‘bigger is better.’”

I should note that this piece was actually written in 2009, so it strikes me as a bit prophetic considering the America we live in now. You can read the whole poem here.

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“Goosepimples of Death” and two other poems in Unlikely Stories

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Online literary journal Unlikely Stories Mark V has hit its 20th anniversary this year, and it’s celebrating with a massive issue. Tons of content, from visuals to videos, stories, poems and hybrid works, by a huge range of authors from the contemporary scene. I’m pleased to be a part of this one, with three poems: “Goosepimples of Death,” “The Shooting Never Stops,” and “One Shot for the Record.” You can read them here.

“Beneath Collapse” published in Soft Cartel

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Yesterday, my poem “Beneath Collapse” appeared in online literary journal Soft Cartel. Subtitled “earthquake scenes 1999,” this ten-part piece came out of preparatory work for the Doom Pussy stories, where earthquakes are used as a weapon. I was reading newspaper reports of earthquakes and began cutting and slicing them, drawing out the most vivid and intense images to highlight the violent destruction and human drama. You can read the full poem here.