Lit Rag Roulette

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.

“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.

Trash vispo published in Utsanga

Utsanga #25 was just released today. This Italy-based experimental literary journal is overloaded with great work from across the international avant garde. Vispo, asemic works, video, sound poems, textual pieces…it’s all represented, and everything inspires. Just click the link to start browsing the contents.

I’m very pleased to be included with ten new works of visual poetry. I call this series “Trash Vispo” because it’s composed from random junk my friend David Craig picked up from the street and mailed to me from various places where he was living (Herndon, VA and Portland, OR) over the course of many years. Each manilla envelope was a time capsule gold mine of provocative flotsam that demanded to be arranged and preserved in time. You can check out my work here.

Short story “Pussy Bomb/Earthquakes Bring Confusion” published in X-Peri

An online literary journal for extreme experimentalism, X-Peri publishes new work every Monday. Today, my science fiction story “Pussy Bomb/Earthquakes Bring Confusion” appeared on the site, with an accompanying still image from my video “Succubus Highway.” You can check it out here.

This text is part of a series of pieces featuring Doom Pussy, a kind of Kali-esque figure engaged in a war against war…as well as gender, environmental destruction, and other by products of human activity. An editor at another journal once described a Doom Pussy story as “a cross between William S. Burroughs and Andrea Dworkin.” This should come with an NSFW warning for extremely graphic language and situations. So I’m especially grateful to X-Peri for publishing it.

“Mermaid Gold” and “Plenty Magic” published in X-Peri

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X-Peri is an online blog dedicated to “high experimentalism”, which means this is always a challenging and fun read. I’m very pleased to be represented again with two text pieces, “Mermaid Gold” and “Plenty Magic,” plus an abstract glitch video still. The texts are part of a series of experiments involving an attempt to recreate the language of AI computers, these specifically using a vocabulary limited to American magical thinking. You can check them out here.

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“Bust a Cheater” and two other poems published in Brave New Word

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Brave New Word #18 was just released yesterday. It’s a journal that’s always challenging and fun. As usual, lots of interesting text and visual work from across the international avant garde literary scene. I’m pleased to be included with three poems that explore the idea of AI language: “Bust a Cheater,” “Free Zero,” and “Cruise This Summer.” You can read them here.