Poetry

“Tomb of a New Religion” and “Swimming to Shangri-La” published in BlazeVox

An “online journal of voice,” BlazeVox just published its Fall 2021 issue (being #21 in a series), featuring contemporary poetry, vispo, fiction and nonfiction. The issue includes two of my poems from the Civilization’s Lost series: “Tomb of a New Religion” and “Swimming to Shangri-La.” These are the last pieces from that series to be published. You can read them here.

“Tomb of a New Religion” is loosely based on a legend of the native people of Pohnpei, in Micronesia, which goes back to the time of the sunken city of Nan Madol. This island culture is known for megalithic constructions build from massive volcanic basalt columns.

Five vispo published in Word For/Word

Word For/Word is a journal of new writing in online and print on demand formats. Issue 37 was recently published, including a wide range of text and visual poetry, as well as an interesting article on “liminalism.” I’m pleased to be included with five visual poems with asemic elements, part of a series that represents a kind of diary from an extraterrestrial colony world. You can check it out here.

“Milking an Elephant for Toothpaste in the Jungle” and one other poem published in Datura

A bilingual literary journal (texts in French or English) with outsider leanings, Datura just released its 12th issue today featuring poetry, rants, a book review, and interesting collages by Claudio Parentela. In France it’s available in print, online for rest of the world. The issue also includes two of my poems: “Milking an Elephant for Toothpaste in the Jungle” and “Sucking Soap on a Rope.” You can read them here.

“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.