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.
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.
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.
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.
Rat’s Ass Review is an online poetry journal filled with non-academic and outlaw work of serious intent and close attention to craft. The huge Winter 2020 issue was just released today. You can check it out here.
I’m very pleased to be represented with one poem, “Clawing with a Drumstick.” It’s fairly close to the top as you scroll down to read the full issue.
X-Peri is an online blog dedicated to “high experimentalism”, which means this is always a challenging and fun read. I’m very pleased to be represented again with two text pieces, “Mermaid Gold” and “Plenty Magic,” plus an abstract glitch video still. The texts are part of a series of experiments involving an attempt to recreate the language of AI computers, these specifically using a vocabulary limited to American magical thinking. You can check them out here.
Brave New Word #18 was just released yesterday. It’s a journal that’s always challenging and fun. As usual, lots of interesting text and visual work from across the international avant garde literary scene. I’m pleased to be included with three poems that explore the idea of AI language: “Bust a Cheater,” “Free Zero,” and “Cruise This Summer.” You can read them here.
A fun and exciting blog for experimental writing of all kinds, X-Peri rolls out new work every week. This week it is my turn, with one video still and two texts: “Get in on the Fun” and “Special Times.” The editors have titled this assortment “Two Facebook AI Units Before They Were Unplugged”–because that was my inspiration for this series of text work. These pieces attempt to create a new, ritualized vocabulary out of common words and phrases, representing a kind of transaction or negotiation. You can read the pieces here.
Another massive installment of Otoliths, something of a journal of record for the international avant garde lit scene, was just released yesterday. This is Issue 57, for Southern Autumn 2020 (as it’s edited in Australia). Tons of new visual poetry, text work, poetry, poetics, etc (all the unclassifiable stuff) for passing the quarantined time and sharing with your socially isolated friends.
I’m very pleased to be part of this issue “Sparkle Plenty,” a long poem based on a restricted vocabulary drawn from American magical thinking in a form that could be some programming sent from one Artificial Intelligence to another. Only 2 of 12 stanzas are represented below. Also, ten pieces of visual poetry with asemic calligraphy, part of a much larger set of work that may comprise the log book of a human colony on an extraterrestrial world. You can check it out here.
Just got the new issue of Chiron Review, #118 Spring 2020, in the mail, a bit in advance of the official release date. Lots of great work in this print-only poetry journal, one of the best of its kind remaining in the under-the-mainstream scene. I’m very pleased to be included with one of my poems, “Reaching for the Sun.” It’s another installment in a series about an imaginary relationship between the narrator and a woman named Billie. You can purchase copies of the issue from the Chiron Review website when it’s released.
Online poetry journal Rat’s Ass Review just released its Summer 2020 issue, crammed with loads of great poetry, much with that straightforward, real life focus found in the best outlaw work. I’m pleased to be represented with two poems, “Keeping It Forever” and “Holding On Tight.” These pieces are from a series about an imaginary relationship between the narrator and a girl named Billie. You can read the complete issue here.