Var (2x) is an online literary journal by the makers of X-Peri reserved for the most extreme literary experiments. I’m pleased to have (finally) made the cut with an excerpt from Floral Float Flume: Flue Flit Flip, a novel about AI units engaged in a series of marketplace transactions. This selection comprises about 18 pages, or the first four episodes out of ten. The whole story runs 70 manuscript pages.
The vocabulary of the piece is severely limited to words beginning with “fl-“. What you see is not a random selection of words but a precise narrative with specific meaning and syntax. Four letter words are operations; five letter words are objects. To start with, “Floral Float Flume” is the name of one of the transactional AI units, and “flue flit flip” translates as “enter offer profit,” a kind of “vini vidi vici” for transactional AIs.
Swifts and Slows is a quarterly online publication of Arteidolia literary journal which focuses exclusively on collaborations between artists. Issue 10 was just published for March, featuring a wide variety of multidisciplinary interactions including music, video, art and text. I’m pleased to be included with a rather unusual collaboration: three of my trash vispo works were published alongside notes and critical commentary by Daniel Barbiero. I usually work in isolation, so it’s a rare privilege to get a look at how someone perceives the results of my experiments. In a way, this project is a three way collaboration, as the vispo were composed using trash gathered and mailed to me by my friend David Craig. You can check it out here.
Stamp Zine is an assembling magazine focusing on rubber stamp images. Contributors create 20 pages, and the total are compiled into individual issues. Stamp Zinessue #37 was recently issued, and I’m pleased to be included with the page shown above in front and back views. The other pages in the issue are pictured below.
This one’s a bit complicated…Autumn House Journal opened and closed last year, and then reappeared this year with a new name: Autumn House Review. So the new/old November 2020 issue was published January 2021. It includes my prose poem/flash fiction piece “A Kiss of Fog.” I’m pleased it’s been returned to the online world. You can read it here.
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.
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.
Online “journal of new writing” Word for/Word is a great source for experimental text and visual work covering a wide range of styles and modes from contributors across the international avant garde. Wf/W issue #36 was just released for Winter 2021, to get the year off to a good start. I’m very pleased to be represented with five vispo works from my Xtro Diary series. These feature tape samplings and asemic calligraphy. You can check them out here.
Assembling magazine StampZine #36 was completed in December, using contributions from different artists from around the world. Each artist sends 20 pages, which are collated (or assembled) into the completed magazine, which is mailed to each contributor. The pages in this issue are shown below, including my work.
An assembling magazine is composed of artworks on paper sent in by various contributors. Stamp Zine is one of the few remaining examples of assembling zines; it asks for 20 pages from each artist and requires that rubber stamps be used in some way. Stamp Zine is now up to issue #35, and when I received my copy, I was pleasantly surprised to find that editor and assembler Picasso Gaglione had used some of my writing as the issue’s introduction! This text was drawn from the introduction to an assembling zine I had edited several years ago, soliciting contributions from Washington, DC’s experimental music scene as a part of the Electric Possible concert series I was curating at that time. So yes, it’s a bit Inception like in being a assembling zine introduction drawn from an assembling zine introduction. Or kind of assembling zine cannibalism. Anyway, I was honored.
Far more interesting than this long winded introduction is Stamp Zine 35 itself, which features contributions from artists around the world.