lost civilizations

“Silver Tree in the Black Castle” and three other poems published in Ygdrasil

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The August 2019 issue of online literary journal Ygdrasil was released on July 10. It includes four of my poems from the Civilization’s Lost series: “The Silver Tree in the Black Castle,” “Capital Ruins,” “Early Observatory,” and “Erasing the Temple.” This series examines lost civilizations from around the world to highlight the fragility of languages, cultures and nations in the wake of the current American regime. You can read the whole issue here.

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Two poems published in Futures Trading

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The latest issue of online literary journal Futures Trading, this one numbered 7.1, came out yesterday. It includes works from across the international avant garde, pieces from Mike Jurkovic, John N. Miller, DS Maolalai, Genelle Chaconas, Sanjeev Sethi, Christopher Barnes, Grant Jenkins, Jim Meirose, Richard Kostelanetz, Mark Halpern, Mark Blickley, Monty Jones, Natan Last, Ewa Mazierska, Liz Glodek, Jeff Bagato, Sacha Archer, and Mark Young. Check it out here.

I’m pleased to be represented by two poems: “By the Wind, By the Sea, By the Storm” and “Coming Home to Lemuria.” These are from a new-ish series based on lost civilizations from around the world, an effort to account for the fragility of languages, cultures and nations in these grim times. You can scroll down through the issue to read my work, but here’s a brief excerpt, below.

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“We May Cry Atlantis” and two other poems published in BlazeVOX

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Blaze VOX #19, the Spring 2019 issue, was recently released online, filled with experimental work from a wide range of contributors. This issue includes three of my poems: “We May Cry Atlantis,” “Reporting from Oz,” and “First Dispatch.” You can read them here.

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New video “No Eyes Remain” on YouTube

My new music video “No Eyes Remain” on YouTube depicts a far future where humans explore outer space as pure energy forms. The video text reads “no eyes remain to record the facts,” taken from my unpublished poem “Early Observatory,” part of my “Civilization’s Lost” series examining the fragility of human language, culture and civilization. The electronic soundtrack is Tone Ghosting’s “TGV.” Best played loud through speakers or headphones with a wide dynamic range. Click the link above to play the video.

 

“Dear Stone Magic” published in Futures Trading

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The latest issue of online experimental literary journal Futures Trading #6.2 went live yesterday (Jan 6). Another one of those “who’s who” anthologies of the international avant lit underground, this number includes work from Mercedes Lawry, Sanjeev Sethi, Annie Blake, Kyle Hemmings, James Fowler, Stephen Middleton, Mark Young, Christopher Barnes, Joe Balaz, James Kincaid, Glenn Ingersoll, John Marvin, Patrick Theron Erickson, Joel Streicker, Simon Perchik, Donald E. Gasperson, and John Dorroh.

I’m pleased to say one of my poems from the Civilization’s Lost series also made the cut; it’s called “Deer Stone Magic,” revolving around the deer stone pillars of the Mongolian plains. You can read the piece (and the whole issue) here. Be sure to scroll all the way down for the Mad Hatter’s teacup!

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“Frozen in Babylon” and four other poems published in BlazeVOX

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Online poetry journal BlazeVOX is known for publishing a wide variety of contemporary experimental work. Their Fall 2018 issue brings together a huge number of writers around the loose theme of “the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment.”

The issue includes five poems from my “Civilization’s Lost” series: “Frozen in Babylon,” “Upon the High Castle,” “No Guiding Light,” “The White Grave,” and “Schools of Drift.” The pieces in the series were inspired by lost civilizations from around the world. Under the current American regime, it seems important to examine the fragility of languages, cultures and nations. “Upon the High Castle,” for instance, is based on the cliff side city of Mesa Verde in Arizona. You can read my contributions here.

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“A Binary Run” and two other poems published in Futures Trading

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An online journal of experimental poetics, Futures Trading released its new issue today. Volume 6.1, this is a larger issue than usual because the journal has gone from a quarterly to biannual publishing schedule. Lots of writers from the international “scene” represented, as you can see in the masthead image above.

I’m pleased that three of my poems appear in this issue as well: “A Binary Run,” “Some Other Aztalan,” and “Ancient Americas.” All three come from my “Civilization’s Lost” series using lost cities and civilizations to examine the fragility of languages, cultures and nations in the wake of the current US regime. You can read those pieces and the whole issue here.

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“Joys of Doggerland and 5 other poems in Word for/Word

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Online literary journal  focuses on experimental visual and text works. The new issue #31 is out. I’m pleased to be part of this one with six poems: “Joys of Doggerland,” “Dimming of the Haruspex,” “Standing Stone,” “Electromagnetic Pulse,” “Efface the New Caesar,” and “Cold Fortress.” You can read them here.

All these pieces are based on various lost cities or civilizations around the world. This series was inspired by current US affairs, which really made me think about the fragility of languages, cultures and nations.

“Another Broken Home” published in Night Garden Journal

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Black Poppy Review recently changed its name to Night Garden Journal. Today, my poem “Another Broken Home” appeared under the new banner. You can read the whole piece here.

The story in the poem is based on a legend from Tinian Island in the Marianas archipelago, one of the ancient homes of the Chamorro people. Guam is the southernmost island of the group. The mushroom stones in the poem are actually called latte stones. The mythological king Taga built a large house on foundation of latte stones, today called the House of Taga. The story explains the origin of the foundation pillars.

While this piece is not technically a part of the “Civilization’s Lost” series I’ve been working on, it continues my interest in lost lands. Under the current US regime, it seems more important than ever to examine the fragility of languages, cultures and nations.

“All Those Zimbabwes” in Futures Trading

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The issue 5.2 of Futures Trading was released August 16. It includes my poem “All Those Zimbabwes,” part of a series based on various lost civilizations. Under the current U.S. regime, it seems important to examine the fragility of languages, cultures and nations. This one starts with the ancient kingdom of Zimbabwe, which left many cities in ruins, each of them apparently called “Zimbabwe.” You can read it here.

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