That time my poem “Alicia” appeared in Flipside #81, from Nov/Dec 1992. This piece is a true story based on a coworker when I worked at the American Psychological Association as an abstractor for their academic database. One of the nicest people I met there, Alicia endured the regular stream of attention rather graciously.
For those who never saw it, LA-based Flipside was a massive newsprint fanzine that chronicled underground music and culture. They ran two pages of poetry during the 90’s era when I was subscribing and submitting work to them.
Today, In Between Hangovers published “Up Off the Crapper.” You can read it here. The journal will be releasing a batch of my poems throughout the summer.
One more visual poem in the H& vispo blog appeared yesterday, June 19. This one’s called “Civilization’s Lost–6” and you an check it out here. This piece is another still from a video you can see on the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel.
In yet another blatant attempt to generate sales for my book Cthulhu Limericks, I created this promotional video, now live on the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel. You can check out the book in eBook and old school paperback formats through Amazon, Lulu, and other retailers.
The video has a rudimentary “plot” in which a reader picks up the book, and while reading a sample limerick is transported to a glitched out, eldritch world where Cthulhu darts forward to capture his prey!
That time Buck Downs published two of my poems in his DC poetry journal Open 24 Hours #10, back in 1994. According to a note I found with copies of the mag, Buck saw me reading at an open mic night at the old 15 Minutes nightclub in DC. Liking what he heard, he requested some pieces, and of those, he took “Best Left to Herself” and “The Odor of Business is Business.”
DC is not an easy town for artists to gain traction in, and Buck has long been an inspiration to me because he never gives up. Although he stopped editing O24H a long time ago, he’s still very active in the DC poetry scene with his poetry postcard mailings, running a poetry reading series, and publishing books. I always run into him in the oddest places around town–random coffee shops, Second Story Books, Bridge Street Books, DC Zine Fair–and often when I’m putting up street art! When I organized the free-improvisation ensemble Croniamantal, he served as the first bard, reading poetry to a backdrop of experimental electronics. But that’s another post!
On May 16,Futures Trading, issue 5.1 was released into cyberspace containing one of my poems, “Excuse from Another Dimension.” You can find it by scrolling to the bottom of the page in the issue, or by going to the Scribd page here.
Lots of other interesting experimental work in this issue, as well, so check it out!
That time two of my poems appeared in GYST #3, from 1992: “In America” and “Sentimental Grunge.” GYST (an acronym for “Get Your Shit Together”) was a digest sized, DC based literary magazine edited by Art Schuhart, Zach Barocas, and Edgar Silex. Art ran an open mic poetry series at the 15 Minutes nightclub in the early 90’s, which I attended pretty regularly. To be honest, I don’t remember these poems at all!
Poetry blog Experiential-Experimental Literature (aka Ex-Ex-Lit) posted “Trapped by the Pyramid” on May 8. You can read it here.
Online journal Sick Lit–tag line “Bringing the real. Keeping the weird.”–posted four poems on May 5: “Research on the Line,” “Hidden Curriculum,” “At a traffic light, looked up,” and “If the world can get me to sleep.” You can read them here.