Poetry

“The Joys of Serf Culture” published in Mad Swirl

Mad Swirl is an online poetry and art journal based in Dallas, TX, showcasing lots of fun and funky writing and imagery. I’m pleased to be included again with my poem “The Joys of Serf Culture,” which was just released today. You can check it out here.

I’m also a contributing poet on the Mad Swirl site; you can find my page and the other poems they’ve published here.

“Asemic Epitaph” and three other poems published in Datura

Datura is a print and online literary journal “of deviant and defiant work” published in French and English. Datura issue 11, dated March 2021, was just released. Full contents below:

• Docteur Burz: editorial
• Jeff Bagato: Asemic Epitaph, March of the Antelops, Toothpast Comes to Town, and Lullaby for Ouija (poetry)
• Alain Lasverne: Adoption en cours (récit)
• John Tustin: Another Box, Dying in a Place, I Ease into my Seat, There will Never Be Peace upon the Streets of my Heart, and Wings Clipped (poetry)
• Stéphane Casenobe: CE QUI PERDURE POUR NOUS PERDRE, LA FACE INCONNAISSABLE DU JOUR, ET DEVIER LA MAIN QUI ECRIT !, SIGNE DE MAIN ET DEPART ?, TOUT M’EST DÛ CAR JE SUIS PAUVRE ! et DE LÁ J’HESITE ? (poésie)
• Christopher Barnes : What the Street Remembers 11 to 15 (poetry)
• Léonel Houssam: extrait de Notre République (roman)

I’m pleased to be represented with four poems: “Asemic Epitaph,” “March of the Antelopes,” “Toothpaste Comes to Town,” and “Lullabye for Ouija.” You can read them on Issu here.

“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.

“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.