New vispo published in Otoliths #47

Check out my newly published stuff at Otoliths, probably the most rad lit mag in the Milky Way.

 

Discursive thoughts

Omg, haven’t posted in months. LOL. I’m thinking about rejiggering this blog a bit.  I’ve been pretty damn conceptual since its inception–nah, even a bit academic–and that was okay.  But…I think I’m getting bored with my conceptual-ness, which is not okay, because it reeks of obscurantism (ha, ha! mouthful).  I’ll be honest: I have a love/hate relationship with academics/academia.  My problem? I dislike gatekeepers and elitists. But then, we do need these folks to critique, catalogue and disseminate “Art.”

Anyway, I’m getting offtrack.

Here’s something interesting, though. At least, something I think is interesting, if you’ll bear with me. I haven’t really mapped out (organizationally) what I intend to do vis a vis a visual poem.  I just sorta go for it, splashing paint all round like a madman.  I’m not using this “technique” for the vispo series I’m working on now. I have the vispos worked out in my head before execution.  Not sure how it will work out, but we will see.

 

New Poetry Mag

Please submit to Angry Old Man, a brand new rag.  AOM accepts visual and concrete poetry, art, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, etc.

Angry Old Man Magazine is dedicated to experimental writing, poetry and art. AOM wishes to publish work that is risky and follows no prescribed dogma/style/schema/school. 

Closing date for submissions is August 31, 2017.

Cheers,

AOM Editor

www.angryoldmanmagazine.com

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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