This week’s video poem posted to my Bionic Eyes YouTube channel is “Reprogramming Cybertopia.”
This one is something of a science fiction story about a UFO invasion during which aliens reprogrammed our two dimensional reality to create a cybertopia based on disinformation. The sphere of control includes mental processing, advertising, reconfiguration of physical space, and the deletion of individual consciousness.
Flashes of awareness interrupt the flow of kaleidoscopic patterns, glitch erasures, and a thick haze of throbbing video distortion. Humans conduct themselves as normal, despite being embedded in an artificial environment.
Video text: “emit damage/and what remains/to defeat real truth”
This week, I finished editing three short videos and posted them to my Bionic Eyes YouTube channel. Click the still images for links.
“Fire Dance”–Psychedelic post-paganism with intense rhythm and noise soundtrack.
“Jitterbug Apocalypse”–Party like it’s 1929! Blinding candy-colored swing revival and wild hunt. Video poem text: “Wherever there are ruins/time like flames/dances across lives.”
“Forbidden”–Erasing gender with heavy, kaleidoscopic distortion and glitch effects. Soundtrack is kind of my homage to Cluster. Video poem text: “This erasure/sets me free/o break once again the bonds of self.”
Today, experimental poetry blog Ex-Ex-Lit published my poem “Forensick Recovery (Ring in the News).” You can read it here. This one’s wild and crazy, with a lot of sound words swirling around some vague sense, kind of like watching a news report while half asleep.
Today, In Between Hangovers poetry blog posted my poem “Hard/Easy.” You can read it here.
This one’s rather different than my usual style, being more straightforward and depending on a kind of “gimmick,” where the top portion is mirrored by the bottom portion.
Today my poem Windfall Field Day appeared in Mad Swirl‘s Poetry Forum. You can view it here…at least until it is pushed off the page.
Just as a note, this piece originally involved some rather complicated line spacing, creating a sculpted look that’s intended to direct the reading of the words, and add to their meaning. But I guess this is one of those blogs that can’t reproduce complex indents and spacing.
A still image from one of my recent video poems appeared on March 30 in the poetry journal H&. This visual poem is titled “Static-1”. You can see it here.
The text on the image reads: “static/crushed bits/another meme ends.” It’s taken from one of a new group of works centering on lost civilizations, and the fragility of cultures, languages, and nations. The source video was created using a long chain of glitch video devices and other old video effects processors. Some of that footage can be viewed on the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel.
Poetry blog Your One Phone Call posted my poem “Ouija’s Revenge” today. You can check it out here.
Like its sister publication In Between Hangovers, YOPC is one of my favorite poetry rags at the moment. Underground, “anti-academic” and pretty wild in flavor. Lots of stuff for people who don’t like poetry to enjoy.
This is one of a series of poems I wrote about a character named Ouija, kind of an actual Ouija board that has a life and character of its own. And its one of many written in my “surrealist rant” style.
More work hitting the Internet this week. Empty Mirror published four poems, “A lost message of kings,” This Ancient Night,” “Breaking the Gold Mask,” and “New Bronze Age.” You can read them here. These are some of my most recent pieces, all written on the theme of lost civilizations, and the first of that new batch to see publication. Under the current regime here in the U.S., it seemed important to deal with the fragility of cultures, languages, and nations.
An online journal, Empty Mirror starts with a focus on Beat Generation literature and arts, moving on from there to explore similar tendencies in the contemporary scene.
Poetry blog In Between Hangovers also published one of my pieces today, “Zodiac of the Damned.” You can read it here. They only have one other poem in the queue, then I’ll have to ship them out some more.
Lots of new stuff coming up through Spring and Summer in Chiron Review, Clockwise Cat, H&, and Otoliths.
Today, poetry blog Your One Phone Call published my poem “The Art of the Deal.” You can read it here. This is the second of three of my poems the journal will publish this month.
Although the title references Trump’s book, the poem doesn’t really deal with him or his businesses. And this piece was written in the 90s, back when a Trump presidency was just a joke. Nonetheless, the poem describes a phantom Washington, DC, which is kind of prophetic, looking at it now.
On New Year’s Day, literary zine Your One Phone Call accepted three of my poems, to be published in March. Today, the first one appeared on the site, “Heroes Fly for Free.” You can read it here. The photo they used one of a series of stills taken from a video self-portrait I made. You might notice that the flying saucer is a little closer to crashing into the US Capitol dome in this one.
The other two poems should be released later this month. Naturally, I’ll have posts about those when it happens.
Another fine WordPress publication, Your One Phone Call is affiliated with In Between Hangovers. I sent YOPC five poems and they took three, passing the remainder to IBH. Thanks to complications on the WordPress platform, neither journal could use the first batches of poems I sent, which used considerable indenting for visual appeal and to add to the meaning and rhythm of the words. WordPress doesn’t “do” indenting, as many users probably discover too late (like I did). Because I have poems of all different varieties around here, I just sent them some stuff without the pesky indents. Happily, they were able to accept that work, which is why I’m writing this post.