Visual poetry blog H& features a wide variety of image based poems and pseudo-textual experiments. Yesterday, a video still from “Succubus Highway” was posted to the site. You can see the image here. The image includes text veering into asemic territory due to heavy video processing, but the original words read “Wherever there are ruins/lies like flames/dance across time.”
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.
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.
“The first Literary Journal to be published on the Internet,” Ygdrasil started in 1994 and is still going strong. Their new September issue (Vol XXV, Issue 9, Number 293) was released a bit early. It contains three of my poems: “Breech Birth of Democracy,”
“These visions have a human reference point,” and “Out of House, Out of Home.” You can read them here.
Speculative fiction magazine The Colored Lens published my short story “A Diamond in the Mind’s Eye” in their Summer 2017 issue #24. You can buy a Kindle copy of the whole issue here. The story itself just went live on the magazine’s homepage today; you can read it here.
The story follows an explorer who has been tracking a legendary giant diamond across the galaxy. What he finds is more disappointing than he expected, and ultimately far more valuable.
I’ve published a few stories before, but this is my first paid piece.
Up the Staircase Quarterly #38 is a special issue collecting audio and visual poetry. It includes my video poem “Fake History,” along with a note about the inspiration and making of the piece. You can check it out here.