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.
“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.
Today, poetry blog In Between Hangovers published my poem “When is Enough Is Enough Is Enough?” You can read the full text here.
Black Poppy Review posted my poem “This World is Ash” today. The poem takes the volcanic destruction of Herculanum and Pompei as it’s starting point. You can read the full piece here.
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.
Poetry blog Rusty Truck posted my poem “Work Hurts” today in company with a batch of outlaw writing. This piece refers to a short-lived temp work assignment I had at the main USPS office in DC many years ago. You can read it here.
Otoliths #46, the southern autumn issue, is finally live on the web. A massive collection of visual, textual and video works, the issue includes my text poem “Hashing the Input” along with a link to the “Succubus Highway” video poem, and six stills from that video piece. The stills and video incorporate a section of the text piece: “lies like flames dance across time.” You can check out the whole package here.
The Five-Two is an online journal focusing exclusively on “crime poetry,” that is, poems about crime in some form or another. A different poem is featured each week. I’m pleased to say that starting today, my poem “The Nature of Crime” is this week’s featured poem. The journal also includes a couple bonuses for its poems: a “confession” by the writer about the inspiration for the work, and a reading of the poem in question. So you can also read my confession and hear me read the piece. It’s all here.