publications

“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.

“my hand is big (supersized me)” published in Synchronized Chaos

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Just learned that online literary journal Synchronized Chaos published one of my poems in the July issue, released on the first of the month. This issue’s theme is “Ways of Being Human,” exploring how to be a person in our world in three categories: “Inspiration and Motivation,” “Small Individuals, Big World–or Vice Versa?” and “Storytelling and light humor.” Lots of familiar names from the international outlaw poetry scene here, like J.J. Campbell, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, J. D. DeHart, and Gary Glauber, so lots of good stuff to read here.

My poem “my hand is big (supersized me)” was included in the second category, with these comments from the editor: “In a more humorous vein, Jeff Bagato gives us a character who’s quite large. His body, his belongings, his self-concept – everything about him is defiantly big. This serves as a commentary on some cultures’ relentless drive to expand and grow, on the idea that ‘bigger is better.’”

I should note that this piece was actually written in 2009, so it strikes me as a bit prophetic considering the America we live in now. You can read the whole poem here.

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“Goosepimples of Death” and two other poems in Unlikely Stories

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Online literary journal Unlikely Stories Mark V has hit its 20th anniversary this year, and it’s celebrating with a massive issue. Tons of content, from visuals to videos, stories, poems and hybrid works, by a huge range of authors from the contemporary scene. I’m pleased to be a part of this one, with three poems: “Goosepimples of Death,” “The Shooting Never Stops,” and “One Shot for the Record.” You can read them here.

“Beneath Collapse” published in Soft Cartel

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Yesterday, my poem “Beneath Collapse” appeared in online literary journal Soft Cartel. Subtitled “earthquake scenes 1999,” this ten-part piece came out of preparatory work for the Doom Pussy stories, where earthquakes are used as a weapon. I was reading newspaper reports of earthquakes and began cutting and slicing them, drawing out the most vivid and intense images to highlight the violent destruction and human drama. You can read the full poem here.

“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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Gonch poem “Gonallach Nang Chaal” published in Brave New Word

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An online journal for experimental word stuffs, Brave New Word released Issue 10, part 2 today. This one consists of previous contributors to the magazine, including John M. Bennet, Hiromi Suzuki, Jeff Hansen, Peter Ganick, Neal Retke and Ferderico Federici. Lots of vispo and truly out poetry. It also includes one of my Gonch poems: “Gonallach Nang Chaal.” You can read it here.

Flashback: World of Poetry Honorable Mention for “The Spoon Room”

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Submitting poems to the Word of Poetry contests in the late 80s amused me, so I did it several times. Here’s the Award of Merit Certificate I received on Nov 21, 1987–when my poem “The Spoon Room” won Honorable Mention in the New American Poetry Contest. This rank was shared with hundreds of other poets. But I did receive a nice certificate, suitable for framing.

The company also asked to publish the poem in their New American Poetry Anthology. Judging by the photocopy of the form I kept, I returned the signed form authorizing them to use it. Years ago, I found one of those anthologies in a thrift store. It contained thousands of poems crammed onto hundreds of 8.5 x 11 pages, in no particular order. I could never locate any of my poems in the book.

Here’s “The Spoon Room” text on the authorization form:

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World of Poetry’s business model seemed to be rewarding every single poet who submitted work with a personalized certificate or honorable mention, and then selling them encyclopedic anthologies. As a contributor, I was entitled to a discount on the $69.95 price–reducing the cost to $39.95. Poets could pay extra for including a dedication, photograph, or illustration. I didn’t have that kind of money at the time, so I never bought the book. But somewhere, World of Poetry anthologies must be floating around with my work in them.

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Night Garden Journal Autumn 2017 anthology published

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An online poetry journal focusing on dark and atmospheric work, Night Garden Journal has started compiling its offerings into quarterly anthologies. The Autumn 2017 Issue has just been released on Lulu. The cost is $5.99; you can probably get a coupon from Lulu to knock a percentage off that. You can buy the book here.

Two of my poems are included, “Future Dragons” and “Shattered Maps.”

Print version of Angry Old Man #3 released

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Angry Old Man is an online journal of experimental writing and art. Editor Drew B. David recently announced the release of the print version of Issue #3 in two volumes available through Lulu. Both the online and print versions are chock full of cutting edge writing and visuals in a dense mix reminiscent of Otoliths journal. Well worth checking out. The contents for each volume is listed below. Three of my Gonch poems and a selection of Gonchlog visuals is included in Volume 2.

The price of these volumes is rather high, but I believe they have full color images. You can also catch good sales via Lulu that knock of a decent percentage of the price. The online archive of the issue also remains available.

 Angry Old Man #3 print issue contents:

PART ONE:
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Fabio Sassi|, Frank Roger, Roberto Scala, Nichola Orlick, Dai Coelacanth, Fátima Queiroz, D.S. West, Mark Young, Michelangelo Mayo, Daniel Virgilio, Mauro Ceesari, Daniel De Culla, James Fowler, Blaize Dicus, John M. Bennett, Michael Tussler, Heath Brougher, Bob Katrin, Josh T. Jordan, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Robert Beveridge, Joel Chace, Joe Balaz,Douglas Jones,L. Friedman, Dale Jensen,Logan K. Young, Mark Young and Lance Mason.

PART TWO:
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Rik.Vile Plumage, Meena Sediqi, Thomas M. Cassidy, John M. Bennett, RCBz, David Baptiste Chirot, Jack Williams, R. Keith, Laura Ortiz, Bill DiMichele,Jeff Bagato, Michael Basinski, Mike Ferguson, Mike Maggio, Michael Mallen, John Jeffire, Dan Sicoli, Michael Estabrook, Steve Dalachinsky, Jim Leftwich, Howie Good, Jeff Crouch, David Koehn and Sacha Archer.

 

Two Gonch poems published in Avant Appal(achia)

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Issue 5 of online experimental journal Avant Appal[achia] went live today, featuring text and visuals. Among those are two of my Gonch poems, “Chaana Chaana” and “Hacan Laachnaggo.” You can check out the pieces here for a short time; eventually, the issue will be archived with only one representative piece from each genre. Not sure if Gonch will make that cut.

This is more work featuring words improvised from the letters in the phrase “All Gonch” in an effort to explore a potential future language that might arise after the decline of American English. No need to look too far for a meaning to “Gonch;” it’s just a nonsense word I made up when I was a kid.

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