A new issue of Otoliths is always an event. The quarterly online literary and arts journal presents an encyclopedic cross section of current avant garde literary and visual experiments from a host of international contributors. It’s a one stop shop for a view of the contemporary experimental scene. Otoliths #63, the “Southern Spring issue” was released yesterday, and it is no exception. Essential reading and viewing.
I’m pleased to be represented in this issue with a selection of visual and text poems from my most recent work. There are ten pieces of vispo composed from a treasure trove of junk I found on the street over decades of scrounging. They can be viewed here. This series can be considered “junk asemic” visual poems, but I really need to come up with a better title for it. The text pieces are part of a large stash of my newest poetry, much more fragmentary in style. These include “If you’re there,” “What awesome was,” “told best,” “Nowhere and Whittaker,” and “recall this dimmer.” You read them here.
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.
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.
A brand new issue of Italian avant garde lit journal Utsanga was just published, this one is issue #26. Once again, it’s a huge compendium of cutting edge work from Italy and around the world. I’m pleased to be included once again with ten more visual poems I composed with flotsam and jetsam (aka, street trash) sent to me by my friend David Craig, with a few choice items I rounded up myself. You can check them out here.