“Maker Taker Quaker” published in Var(2x)

Var(2x) is an online literary magazine for “extreme experimentalism” that always lives up to its stated intent. Editors Daniel Harris and Irene Koronas seek to publish the “elite of the elite” in experimental writing; this journal doesn’t just define the cutting edge, the texts usually go way over that edge for a good close look at the abyss of text and visual poetry and other language related hybrids.

I’m very pleased to make a second appearance in the journal with a text poem (?) called “Maker Taker Quaker.” This piece came out of my explorations of speculative languages that could potentially be developed by AI units. The text proceeds by triads of imaginary and real words with similar rhyming constructions and sometimes alliterative qualities. Is it a love song, a transaction, a spell, a negotiation? Only the AIs of the future will know.

The video still illustrating the piece is also my work.

You can read the text here.

Gonchlog at 400

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The Gonchlog documents the discovery of “gonch” in commercial and consumer magazines. Letters that spell the word “gonch” are clipped and pasted onto accounting paper; the magazine title, date and volume number is then noted. The intention is to draw out that key nonsense word from these commercial propaganda vehicles in order to find a way forward. Or something like that.

As of this point, the Gonchlog has reached Volume 9 and over 400 entries, most of them unique magazine titles. Some of the latest examples are shown here.