Friday, September 22, 2023

Today the post-
woman brought
me the denom-

inator I need
to solve the
Great Divide.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

100 Titles From Tom Beckett: #95

Tattoos Submit Behind Closed Doors

Highway 101 stretches out in front 
of us. What is done is done behind 
closed doors in a studio with no tat-
too sign out on the street. It’s hard 
to beat a panther tattoo or one of a 
lion with no blue in the muzzle. My
time is taken up with innumerable 
actions & things, but just a small 
number of symbols can describe 
them all. I was out way too late last 
night getting tattoos. Now I'm just 
going to bleach my teeth, lay out on 
the couch with my boys, & decide 
whether or not to invest in this busi-
ness that gives people the option to 
preserve their late loved one's tattoo 
as a piece of artwork. If you want to
have my name tattooed on any part of
your body, then fill in the form below 
& submit it. We can't wait to see you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

wednesday newstrip

T.®ump calls BidenMyTime 'cognitively impaired' in gaffe-filled speech · climate scientists say they have "never seen anything" like this year's emerging El Niño, as the major climatic event inches closer to development · the All Gender Games in Melbourne is a place for everyone to participate in a safe & judgement-free space · thousands rallied in Australia on Sunday to support recognizing the country's Indigenous people in the constitution, a proposal that is struggling ahead of a referendum next month · video of an analog TV from year 2000 goes viral as people react to the shocking $5000 price it then cost to buy · Gold Coast man fined after taking his pet snake for a surf.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

recently at Series Magritte


La Victoire (2)


Winning opens a door; & shows that nothing at all has changed. The same sand, the same sea. A fresh cloud, per- haps. But that will blow away shortly.

Monday, September 18, 2023

The scarred continuum

What is happening to real music? 
Is said that many-particle excited 
states are not always a cause for 
concern; & this view is compatible 
with the assumption that the peculiar 

motion of ionized baryons is known
to introduce passing feelings of de-
personalization. Splicing genres can’t 
always be fruitful: there is no magic 
technique to render things otherwise; 

the presence of an observer always 
means our perturbation will never 
be perfectly spherical. How might 
the brain approximate this inference?
Think of the Earth, & breathe deeply.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

A line from Pierre de Fermat

You're turning right onto a dual
carriageway when you're con-
fronted by a stone tablet which
dates to around 1800BC & is

sparsely accompanied by an en-
raptured voice. The lane you were
going to move into is now likely 
to be too narrow to contain the 

opacity controls that ride the sides 
of the car just above the rocket 
launchers which they control. So, 
press the firing key. The immediate 

problem solved as the tablet shatters. 
But a secondary problem & solution
not noticed in the debris, a shard that
reads a3 + b3 = c3. Workings follow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Apiarist Tractor Ferguson worries the ancient art of beekeeping is dying in Thargomindah · New Zealand couple demanding refund from Singapore Airlines after stuck next to farting dog for 13 hours · G20 summit ends with India, Brazil, & Russia boasting success · DoNuts T.®ump booed at Iowa vs. Iowa State football game · DoNuts T.®ump is surrounded by huge cheering mob as he attends Iowa football game · Australia Indigenous referendum set to fail as support dips, poll shows · Kim Jong Un Deux Trois traveling to Russia on his luxury armored train · Mustafa heard his son yelling for help almost two days after Morocco's earthquake struck — then the calls stopped · thousands feared dead, entire neighborhoods 'swept away by water' as storm floods Libya.

Sunday, September 10, 2023


Today the post-
woman brought

me a square peg
& a square hole.

It's a kind of
security blanket.

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

wednesday newstrip

India launches space mission to the sun a week after moon landing · a 98-year-old former Nazi concentration guard has been indicted on charges of aiding & abetting the murder of more than 3300 people during the Holocaust, German authorities said on Friday · Victorian Pride Center's NO to ‘lesbian born female’ only event · man convicted of murder in Pennsylvania & wanted in Brazil remains at large after jail escape · a New Zealand dairy farmer says he has lost tens of thousands of dollars after a technician failed to get a significant portion of his cows in calf through artificial insemination · U.K. TikTok influencer & her mother sentenced to life for double murder · SpaceX sending iPhone Emergency SOS satellites to space for Apple partner Globalstar · Burning Man festival-goers trapped in Nevada desert as rain floods the site.

Sunday, September 03, 2023

Today the post
woman brought

me the winter
of our discontent, 

the Arab spring, &
the summer of love.

Plus an apology
from the bookshop 

for being unable 
to fill my original

order, The Fall, by
Albert Camus.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Former US president DoNuts T.®ump’s historic mugshot is being turned into T-shirts, shot glasses, mugs, posters, & even bobblehead dolls by friends & foes alike · Baldur's Gate 3: where to find Grand Duke Ravengard · three dead in 'racially motivated' shooting at Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida · Alice Cooper’s makeup line scrapped by a cosmetics company after the rocker claimed that transitioning genders was a “fad” · report on overdoses shows opioids remain a leading factor in accidental drug deaths in Australia · miniature goat yoga brings 'so much joy' to Dimboola yogis, aged care residents · every morning, Bilal goes fishing in the Mediterranean. Almost every day, he finds human remains.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Issue seventy print parts

The print parts of the final issue of Otoliths, issue seventy, the southern winter issue are now available from The Otoliths Storefront at Lulu. Because of its size, it has been broken down into four parts, two b&w, two full color. This week's discount, available until Friday midnight, is 15% & the promotional code to be entered to obtain it is READIT15. New weeks' codes will be available each Monday on the Lulu Press Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Luludotcom/.

Issue seventy, part one
319 pages
Price: $US27.75
direct URL: https://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-seventy-part-one/paperback/product-wj9p49.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part one, the first of the b&w parts, contains work from Martin Edmond, Scott MacLeod, Ian Ganassi, Stephen Bett, Eric Hoffman, R L Swihart, S. K. Kelen, Bob Kotyk, Jon Wesick, Vernon Frazer, Thomas M. McDade. Laurie Kuntz, Lynn Strongin, Sanjeev Sethi, Christopher Barnes, Vaishnavi Kolluru, Marc Isaac Potter, John Bradley, Laura Jeannerette, Heath Brougher, Nate Logan, Paul Perilli, Joseph Buehler, Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter, Paul Dickey. Yuan Changming, Jim Leftwich, Dale Jensen, Judith Roitman, Richard Kostelanetz. Maileen Hamto, Sabine Miller, Alison Ross, Nathan Anderson, Ken Poyner, Jim Meirose, Márton Koppány, Tom Formaro, Patrick Sweeney, Karen J. Weyant. Kirsty Lewin, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Daniel Barbiero, Rus Khomutoff, Pat Nolan, Randee Silv, DS Maolalai, Michael J. Leach, Mark Cunningham, Dmitriy Shandra, Sterling Warner, David Wolf, Sheila E. Murphy, Sheila E. Murphy & K.S. Ernst, Tony Beyer, harry k stammer, Tom Beckett, Michael Gottlieb, Joshua Martin, Mark DuCharme, Réka Nyitrai, jim mccrary, Philip Kobylarz, Adam Fieled, Hugh Tribbey, Alan Chong Lau, & Jacklyn Henry.

Issue seventy, part two
303 pages
Price: $US27.45
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Part two, the second of the b&w parts, contains work from Harrison Fisher, Kenneth Rexroth, Thomas Fink, Ed Go, Pete Spence, Jerome Berglund, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Jeff Harrison, Joe Balaz, Bob Heman, Bob Lucky, Liz Teuber, John McCluskey, Gavin Lucky, Rahul Santhanam, Steve Carll, Opal Louis Nations & Peter Cherches, Susan Gangel, Jeff Bagato, Nathan Whiting, Tim Frank, Javant Biarujia, Linda King, Ella O'Keefe & Tim Wright, Hifsa Ashraf & R.C. Thomas, Harvey Huddleston, Glenn Ingersoll, dan raphael, John Levy, Jonathan Cant, Pam Brown, Bernie Earley, Eddie Heaton, Robert Burton, Alan Catlin, John Kucera, Steven Salmoni, Jessica Grim, Pete Smith, Charles Freeland, Jane Downing, David Jalajel, Eileen R. Tabios, Damon Hubbs, Eric Lunde, John Tustin, Keith Higginbotham, berni m janssen, Jill Jones, Marty Hiatt, Peter Yovu, Irmak Canevi, Michael Vecchio, Caitlyn Steer, Olchar E. Lindsann, Matthew Platakos, Jessica Dejanovic, Colleen Woods, Bobbi Lurie, Linda M. Walker, Kit Kennedy, J. D. Nelson, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Cy Forrest, nicky melville, Edinburgh Mews, Volodymyr Bilyk, Makenzie Matthews-Beard, & Mark Young.

Issue seventy, part three
319 pages
Price: $US54.95
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Part three, the first of the full color parts, contains work from Satu Kaikkonen, Scott MacLeod, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Jack Galmitz, Marzi Margo, Daniel Lehan, Jennifer Weigel, Giovanni Fontana. Carlyle Baker, Ferran Destemple, Brandstifter, C. Mehrl Bennett, & John M. Bennett, Texas Fontanella, Mike Callaghan, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Christian ALLE, Bill Yarrow, Laurent Grison, Javant Biarujia, Carla Bertola, Alberto Vitacchio, John M. Bennett, Pamela Miller, petro c. k., C. Mehrl Bennett, m@, József Bíró, Kimberly Kuchar, Carol Stetser, Texas Fontanella & Michael Orr, Dave Read, Rosella Quintini, & Karl Kempton.

Issue seventy, part four
238 pages
Price: $US44.65
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Part four, the second of the full color parts, contains work from Cecelia Chapman, Doren Robbins, George Myers Jr., Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Adriána Kóbor, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Stephen Nelson, Joe Balaz, Bob Heman, Elaine Woo, Debbie Strange, Diana Magallón, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Jeff Bagato, Guy R. Beining, J.I. Kleinberg , John Levy & Alan Chong Lau, Jurate Sasnaitis, David A. Bishop, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Penelope Weiss, Keith Nunes, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Rick Henry, Cherie Hunter Day, Tony Cosentino & K.S. Ernst, K.S. Ernst, Irena Tall, Tejaswinee Roychowdhury, Antonio Devicienti, Robert Frede Kenter, John Digby & Bill Wolak, Bill Wolak, Barnaby Smith, Mark DeCarteret, Mark DeCarteret & Wayne Atherton, Bruno Neiva, Susan Connolly, Tatiana Novikova, Edward Kulemin, Sarah Legow, Rico Cleffi, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Pearl Button, Mark Melnicove, nick nelson, fred flynn, & Marcia Arrieta.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Nitrous oxide study shows how use of 'nangs' causes brain & spinal damage · Lucy Letby guilty of murdering seven babies while working as nurse in UK after ‘I am evil’ note found · police chase cyclist over 20 cars scratched on one road · modern slavery exists in 21st century Australia · raging wildfires force evacuation of villages in northern Greece · Californian desert under water as Tropical Storm Hilary floods state · Auckland dirt bikes: Killer Beez gangsters giving motorbikes to young Auckland riders who ‘prove themselves’, police intel says · Queen's smash single Fat Bottomed Girls has been cut from a new Greatest Hits compilation because it's been dubbed too racy for a younger audience · the countdown is on for the Wee Waa Show.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Meadow Saffrons (Les Colchiques)

 
The meadow is poisonous but pretty in autumn The cows grazing there are slowly poisoning themselves Meadow saffron the color of your eye-shadow of lilacs flower there your eyes are like that flower Violet like the eye-shadow & like the autumn & for your eyes my life slowly poisons itself School children come noisily dressed in their smocks & playing harmonicas They pick the meadow saffrons which are like mothers Daughters of their daughters & the color of your eyelids which flutter like flowers caught in a crazy wind The cowherd sings very softly whilst the slow lowing cows abandon this great meadow ill-flowered by the autumn —Guillaume Apollinaire

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Niger military to prosecute Mohamed Bazoum for ‘high treason’ · Elongated Muskrat 'isn't serious' about cage fight, Marketforces Suckaniceberg says · Toyota dealers busted selling new cars as ‘used vehicles’ with inflated prices – & there’s nothing to stop them · baby girl killed in Russian shelling of Ukrainian village · Russian fighter jet 'drops like bullet' & crashes at US airshow — bad karma blamed · endangered lioness killed after escaping farm in South Korea · the New Zealand Government is dropping the last of its Covid restrictions just as reported cases & hospitalizations are trending back up · synergistic winter flounder antimicrobial peptides unveil new path to enhanced bactericidal therapy.

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Twitch streamer Kai Cenat facing charges after public PS5 giveaway leads to violent riot outburst in NYC · beanies, scarves, & puffer jackets come out as near-record chilly weather hits parts of the South Pacific · judge's Mr. T.®ump greeting to former president at his arraignment sets social media ablaze · a 34-year-old woman on bail for her alleged role in a murder has asked the Austrakian Supreme Court to send her back to prison because she cannot find housing · Russia bombs bloodbank in retaliation for Ukrainian attack on oil tanker · consulting giant KPMG has been accused by two whistleblowers of repeatedly ripping off taxpayers while contracted by the Australian Department of Defence — submitting inflated invoices & billing the federal government for hours never worked · a regional community in Victoria's east is in mourning after three people died from eating poisonous wild mushrooms at a lunch with friends.

Monday, August 07, 2023

Today the post-
woman brought
me what at first
felt like a capital
letter.

Later, 
after a closer
reading, it came
across as a lower
case of déjà vu.

Wednesday, August 02, 2023

wednesday newstrip

Former childcare worker from Gold Coast charged with more than 1,600 child sex offences · a Tauranga funeral home convicted of illegal discharges of cremation smoke, which sickened & traumatized neighbors over the “dead bodies over our property”, will have to pay $85,000 · a zoo in China has been forced to deny that its sun bears are "humans in disguise" after guests noticed the animals' uncanny resemblance to people while standing upright · Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the latest instalment in the popular game franchise, has an average completion time of 20-23 hours, according to Ubisoft · Indigenous experience of colonization now mandatory under school history overhaul · Sir Bob Geldof has revealed the heartbreaking text messages he received from Sinead O‘Connor just before her death · there will be two supermoons in August & one will be a blue moon.

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Otoliths Issue seventy is now live

But first, to postpone the pain of having to confirm that this is, in fact, the last issue of Otoliths, a couple of notices from friends. Jeffrey Side has asked that the word be put about that he's looking for guest bloggers for his eponymous blog. Not poems — he has another site for that — but one where "The posts would not need to be as long as articles, and could (though not necessarily) cover topical issues in the poetry scene." His email is argotistonline AT gmail DOT com. Plus sandy press have recently published a new collection, with the slow-paced turtle replaced by a fast fish, from some arcane poet named Mark Young. It's available from Amazon.



Now back to the true purpose of this email. Issue seventy, the southern winter, 2023, issue of Otoliths is now live. This last issue is immense & ranges from the dunes of Oceano across to the battlefields of Ukraine, from Scandanavia down to the unceded lands of South Australia. It contains reviews, memoirs, collages, photographs, paintings, vispo, text poems, short stories, videos, combinations of the preceding plus a few other things. Included are Satu Kaikkonen, Martin Edmond, Scott MacLeod, Ian Ganassi, Stephen Bett, Eric Hoffman, R L Swihart, S. K. Kelen, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Jack Galmitz, Bob Kotyk, Jon Wesick, Marzi Margo, Daniel Lehan, Vernon Frazer, Thomas M. McDade, Jennifer Weigel, Giovanni Fontana, Carlyle Baker, Laurie Kuntz, Lynn Strongin, Sanjeev Sethi, Christopher Barnes, Ferran Destemple, Vaishnavi Kolluru, Brandstifter, C. Mehrl Bennett, & John M. Bennett, Marc Isaac Potter, Texas Fontanella, John Bradley, Laura Jeannerette, Heath Brougher, Nate Logan, Paul Perilli, Joseph Buehler, Mike Callaghan, Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter, Paul Dickey, Yuan Changming, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Christian ALLE, Bill Yarrow, Jim Leftwich, Dale Jensen, Judith Roitman, Richard Kostelanetz, Laurent Grison, Maileen Hamto, Sabine Miller, Alison Ross, Javant Biarujia, Carla Bertola, Alberto Vitacchio, Nathan Anderson, Ken Poyner, Jim Meirose, Márton Koppány, Tom Formaro, John M. Bennett (Vispo), Patrick Sweeney, Pamela Miller, petro c. k., Karen J. Weyant, C. Mehrl Bennett, m@, Kirsty Lewin, Hrishikesh Srinivas, József Bíró, Daniel Barbiero, Rus Khomutoff, Pat Nolan, Kimberly Kuchar, Randee Silv, DS Maolalai, Michael J. Leach, Mark Cunningham, Dmitriy Shandra, Carol Stetser, Sterling Warner, Texas Fontanella & Michael Orr, David Wolf, Dave Read, Sheila E. Murphy, Sheila E. Murphy & K.S. Ernst, Tony Beyer, harry k stammer, John M. Bennett (text poetry), Tom Beckett, Rosella Quintini, Michael Gottlieb, Karl Kempton, Joshua Martin, Cecelia Chapman, Mark DuCharme, Réka Nyitrai, jim mccrary, Doren Robbins, Philip Kobylarz, George Myers Jr., Adam Fieled, Hugh Tribbey, Alan Chong Lau, Jacklyn Henry, Harrison Fisher, Kenneth Rexroth, Thomas Fink, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Ed Go, Pete Spence, Adriána Kóbor, Jerome Berglund, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Jeff Harrison, Stephen Nelson, Joe Balaz, Bob Heman, Bob Lucky, Liz Teuber, John McCluskey, Gavin Lucky, Elaine Woo, Rahul Santhanam, Debbie Strange, Steve Carll, Diana Magallón, Opal Louis Nations & Peter Cherches, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Susan Gangel, Jeff Bagato, Nathan Whiting, Guy R. Beining, Tim Frank, John Levy & Alan Chong Lau, Linda King, J.I. Kleinberg, Ella O'Keefe & Tim Wright, Jurate Sasnaitis, Hifsa Ashraf and R.C. Thomas, Harvey Huddleston, Glenn Ingersoll, David A. Bishop, dan raphael, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Karl Kempton ( a review), Jonathan Cant, Pam Brown, Penelope Weiss, Bernie Earley, Keith Nunes, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Eddie Heaton, Robert Burton, Alan Catlin, John Kucera, Steven Salmoni, Jessica Grim, Rick Henry, Cherie Hunter Day, Pete Smith, Tony Cosentino & K.S. Ernst, K.S. Ernst, Charles Freeland, Tejaswinee Roychowdhury, Jane Downing, David Jalajel, Antonio Devicienti, Eileen R. Tabios, Damon Hubbs, Eric Lunde, John Tustin, Robert Frede Kenter, Keith Higginbotham, John Digby & Bill Wolak, Bill Wolak, berni m janssen, Jill Jones, Barnaby Smith, Marty Hiatt, Peter Yovu, Mark DeCarteret, Mark DeCarteret & Wayne Atherton, Bruno Neiva, Susan Connolly, Irmak Canevi, Irena Tall, Michael Vecchio, John Levy, Tatiana Novikova, Caitlyn Steer, Edward Kulemin, Olchar E. Lindsann, Matthew Platakos, Jessica Dejanovic, Colleen Woods, Sarah Legow, Bobbi Lurie, Rico Cleffi, Linda M. Walker, Pearl Button, Kit Kennedy, J. D. Nelson, Mark Melnicove, nick nelson, fred flynn, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Cy Forrest, nicky melville, Edinburgh Mews, Volodymyr Bilyk, Marcia Arrieta, Makenzie Matthews-Beard, & Mark Young.

& finally, a sincere note of thanks to all of you who have made Otoliths the substantial & much-loved publication it is today.

Enjoy. Be sad.

Thank you for all your support.