Poetry

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.

Flashback: Christmas poetry jam at 15 Minutes club

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That time I read at the Christmas Poetry Jam at 15 Minutes club in DC on December 27, 1993. Looks like Silvanna Straw, Edgar Silex, and John Potash were also featured readers. And some guy named “Jeff Bogato,” which is actually me when people can’t spell my last name. Then there was an open mike, poetry games and a special guest. Of course, I don’t remember any of this, so it’s a good thing I saved these Washington City Paper advertisements.

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“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.

Flashback: poetry reading at some DC loft party

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Nothing kills a party mood like a poetry reading. That’s the main takeaway lesson for me after agreeing to read some of my work as part of a loft party in DC in 1993. The organizer (and loft owner) named Judy saw my featured reading at 15 Minutes Club on August 9 and asked me to come by her event a few days later on August 13, which she was calling Plaid.

The place was packed with revelers enjoying the rarity of an actual loft party in DC. A band calling itself Blue Teal Tory was cranking away at the tunes. I remember my friend Alberto Gaitan was playing keyboards, and he set me up with the microphone. Somebody (maybe me?) yelled over the crowd, and the voices slowly died down. At that point, the poetry went over a cliff like a bus full of concrete.

As soon as I shut up, the nattering resumed full force. Some guy buttonholed me to talk about Ezra Pound, convinced I was influenced by him. Or something. I actually know very little about Pound, and care even less. He’s not an influence on any of my work. But being ignored and misinterpreted are some of the penalties of taking one’s creative efforts into the public sphere.

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“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.