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New videos posted: “Fire Dance,” “Forbidden” and “Jitterbug Apocalypse”

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.”

“Windfall Field Day” in Mad Swirl

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.

“Ouija’s Revenge” in Your One Phone Call

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.

Work published in Empty Mirror, In Between Hangovers

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.

One poem in Your One Phone Call

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.

Flashback: Washington City Paper cover story “Stranger Among Us”

That time my article “Stranger Among Us” was the cover story for Washington City Paper, September 28, 2001. The full article is archived online here.

The story followed local electrician Napoleon Epps, who started making Atlantean One Meditation Helmets after a life-threatening work accident. The helmet, as well as other apparatus in his home and yard, were meant to help him maintain contact with some alien masters who guided his spiritual development. His work touched on outsider art, pseudoscience, and new age spirituality–and I was all over it.

Looks like the City Paper has improved its online archive of late, and plenty more of my reviews and articles can be found on their site from this page. You can find articles on psychosexual graphics magazine Malefact, outsider filmmaker Rock Savage, avant garde vocal group Comma, perennial candidate for DC Mayor Faith Dane, and poet Buck Downs and his postcard poetry project, among other documentation of local fringe creatives.

Four poems in In Between Hangovers

Just got word that poetry blog In Between Hangovers accepted four of my poems for publication. “Radio Free USA” went live today (12/23/16). The others will be published at roughly three week intervals: “Hard/Easy,” “Marketing Zero,” and “Zodiac of the Damned.” This journal seems to share my more playful sense of avant garde aesthetics, so I’m super happy to be included.

A note on submission persistence: the first batch I sent got sent back because of the heavy indenting; In Between Hangovers is another fine WordPress blog, and the platform does not reproduce indents. It’s a peculiar glitch to WordPress, which I’m not sure is present in other blogging platforms. Anyway, I immediately rounded up a batch of poems that did not rely on the implied sense of movement and performance that comes with line spacing. Never give up.