Otoliths #64, the Southern Summer Issue, was just released, containing the usual encyclopedic overview of the international experimental lit scene, with text, visuals, video and hybrids galore. I’m pleased to be represented once again with one text piece, “Magic Pattern” and ten more asemic vispo made from junk I found on the street over a couple decades. The text is an extension of my AI language experiments using a vocabulary referring to American magical thinking of the current moment. You can read the text here and witness the visuals here.
Science fiction story “Ol’ Rocking Chair’s Got You” published in The Chamber
If you’re wondering what a grandmother sitting in a rocking chair has to do with science fiction, you’ll need to read my short story, “Ol’ Rocking Chair’s Got You,” which appeared yesterday in online dark fiction magazine The Chamber. The grandmother and her chair reside in the future on a distant exoplanet. The chair is a caregiving robot; and its care is not what it seems at the outset. You can read the full story here. The magazine releases a new issue every week, so if you are a fan of dark fiction, you may want to check it out.
Floral Float Flume excerpt published in Var(2x)
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.
If you dare, you can read the selection here.
“Mermaid Gold” and “Plenty Magic” published in X-Peri
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.
“Bust a Cheater” and two other poems published in Brave New Word
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.
“Gravy Binge,” “Rainbow Kettle” and 10 asemic vispo published in Otoliths
Otoliths #58 (Southern Winter 2020) was just released today, as usual packed with “wide ranging-array of wide-ranging material” (according to editor Mark Young)–all in an avant garde vein. Vispo, video, text, etc–essential viewing as quarantines continue through the fall.
I’m pleased to be represented with two “magic gravy” poems: “Gravy Binge” and “Rainbow Kettle.” These pieces are extension of my AI language experiments using a vocabulary restricted to the highlights of American magical thinking. You can read the full texts here. There are also ten pieces of vispo with asemic calligraphy, continuing a selection of entries from a scientific diary of an extraterrestrial colony world. These can be found here.
“Get in on the Fun” and one other poem published in X-Peri
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.
“Sparkle Plenty” and 10 vispo published in Otoliths #57
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.
“Making America Great Again” and five visual poems published in Otoliths
Great news! Issue 56 of Otoliths was just released. Sad news: it is dedicated to the memory of Reuben Woolley, a fine poet and editor in the vast international avant garde, who published my work in his journal Curly Mind. He will be missed as a poet and peace activist, both of which are much needed today.
Otoliths 56 is chock full of the usual suspects, representing the full range of textual and visual poetics options today, always cutting edge and great fun. Never a dull moment and an essential read. I’m very pleased to be represented among such fine company with a text poem from the robotspeak series, “Making America Great Again,” which applies the linguistic logic of the Facebook AI units to the branding catchphrase of the current US delinquent-in-chief. Plus 5 visual poems with asemic writing from a recent series of tape sampling pieces that seem to represent a scientific journal from a human colony on an extraterrestrial world. You can check it out here.
Two text pieces and five visual poems published in Avant Appal(achia)
An online journal for experimental arts, Avant Appal(achia) just released Is(sue) #8 yesterday. It includes a video, poems, visual poetry, art and stories. I’m pleased to be included with two short text pieces from my series inspired by AI language invention, “Let’s Do This” and “Das Processor,” and five visual poems with asemic elements. You can check it all out on this page–until the next issue when everything will be replaced and a few pieces will be archived: https://www.avantappalachia.com/