The June 2018 issue of Ygdrasil was released yesterday on the 14th, including poems by Robin Wyatt Dunn, Mark Young, Darren Demarree, and many others. Three of my poems are included: “Ouija Makes a Mark,” “The Flight Plan’s On Fire!” and “Perfect Weather.” You can read them and the whole issue here.
The Ouija piece is one of a growing series featuring the Ouija board as a character in various metalinguistic situations. “Flight Plan” is yet another attempt to process the current US regime in some creative way. The last piece is more abstract.
Poetry blog Your One Phone Call published my poem “The Last Dance” today. You can read the full text here.
I’m very pleased to announce that online lit blog Experiential-Experimental-Literature published three of my poems today: “All You Can Eat,” “Second Comings,” and “Remember the Meme.” You can read them here.
I’m very pleased to announce that online poetry journal Unlikely Stories published three of my poems today: “Five Horsehairs and the Soul of an Afternoon,” “Big American Horn,” and “Saving the Day.” You can read them here.
Each of these has a genesis in real life events from many years ago. “Horsehairs” describes an unsuccessful attempt to earn money by busquing at the metro station on Dupont Circle in DC. I convinced my friend David Craig it was a good idea, but we literally made $1.02. Another bandmate, Finn McCool, loaned me his bowed psaltry, as I figured an “exotic” looking instrument would net more money. Another theory shot down.
“Big American Horn” was written during my Henry Miller phase, when I was reading a lot of his work. Not just Tropics, but everything–over 20 books.
“Saving the Day” comes out of my experience as a stay at home dad. I was feeling pressures to find work, stay creative and not lose my mind. Basic self-pity stuff. But then I realized what was really important.
An online literary magazine for “experimental word stuffs,” Gobbet released my short story “Pussy War Theory” today. Part of a series of texts featuring the character Doom Pussy, it describes a Kali-like Earth goddess figure engaged in a constant war against the minions of a material death culture. This is the first of those pieces to be published since the 1990s.
Important note: There should probably be some kind of hazard warning on this story, due to extreme language, sexual situations, and the misuse of avant garde techniques. Needless to say, it is intended for mature audiences only.
If all this nonsense hasn’t scared you off, you can read “Pussy War Theory” here.
Supplementary note: Gobbet editor Gary J. Shipley wrote that the piece was “abject, lean and oddly precise: a winning combination.” I’m not sure what that means exactly, but the Doom Pussy stories reflect my long study of Artaud, Bataille, and Burroughs. Possibly as a reflection of the tale’s over-the-top intensity, harsh noise band Macronympha “borrowed” segments of one previously published story for titles and liner notes on a 7″ release. You can read my article about that record here.
Electronic poetry magazine Unlikely Stories has been around since 1998. It’s currently in its fifth incarnation (Mark V). Today, the journal published three of my poems: “Huck and Jim,” “A Protest, A Demonstration,” and “People Get Ready.” You can read them here.
Online journal Danse Macabre du Jour presents dark and strange literature in a blend of obscure classics and contemporary works. Today, it published my poem “My Pretties.” This one conjures familiars to carry on ecoterrorist schemes of spreading seeds in areas dominated by civilization. You can read it here.
Outlaw poetry blog In Between Hangovers releases several new poems every day. Today, one of its offerings is my poem “Rabbit Money Tree.” It features a trickster rabbit character–based more on the Mayan idea of such a creature than Bugs Bunny–that I used in a few pieces. In this one, Rabbit robs a bank; he’s always getting into some antisocial mischief. You can read it here.
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.
Outlaw poetry blog Your One Phone Call published my poem “Johnson Absolutely” today. You can read it here.
This piece is another to feature Jean Savage, an antiestablishment figure who turned up in a number of poems and stories. When I compiled Savage Magic to be the “complete Jean Savage poems,” I overlooked this one somehow. That’s what happens when you have a backlog of a few hundred poems. If you like this one or some of my other pieces in “surrealist rant” mode, you might check out the book, available on Amazon and Lulu.