Launch of small press

I’m starting a new small press, A Wanton Text Production, which I hope will champion a radically new literature–or, perhaps, non-literature as it were.  You are encouraged to submit your work. I have no funding. As I’ve said before, I’m just a middle-aged burnout without an academic/publishing network (we know who they are). It’s a one-man show, folks, just like my lit rag. Therefore, I will use print on demand to publish your work. I believe in Derek Beaulieu’s dictum to give away your stuff. Ergo, everything I publish will be offered as a free downloadable PDF.

I have argued on this blog that the two competing camps–Conceptualists vs. School of Feeling–would be best served if they embraced hybrid forms. In fact, I will argue, right here and now, that genres themselves should be completely abandoned in favor of intermedia.  Genre-less literature is not an old idea. Dick Higgins formulated this idea fifty years ago! It’s time we actually put it into practice.

Enter my small press.

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A Hybrid Poetics

Sectarianism is notoriously lethal in politics, especially on the Left. And by the Left, I don’t mean the right wing Democratic Party we have in the United States, but the marginalized socialist Left that every good, god-fearing American loathes. Anyway, that’s fodder for another post. My point is that this same self-defeating dynamic, on occasion, plays out in literature.  To wit: over the last few years or so, I’ve been following with increasing interest the Great Poetic Schism, pitting the proponents of traditional lyricism/feeling against the hyper-intellectualized praxis of the Conceptualists.

Truth be told, I’m not qualified to speak on the matter, and I have absolutely no skin in the game. I’m not part of an elite academic salon, and I don’t have an MFA. I’m just a middle-aged suburban burnout with a shitload of credit card debt and a depreciating 401K. A dabbler, if you will.  But I do have a solution to this fascinating imbroglio, and it has developed out of my own experiments.

I advocate a new, hybrid form, blending lyricism/feeling with Conceptualism.  You won’t understand how this works, unless I show you an example from my own work:

Example of Hybrid Form

This is a a cut-up technique (advocated by the Conceptualists) with lyrical flourishes here and there (advocated by the traditionalists). The cut-ups are from disparate places. There is also some vispo (visual poetry) in there, to break up the monotony.

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