Sunday, January 31, 2016

Issue forty of Otoliths is out

Issue forty of Otoliths, the southern summer, 2016 issue, is now live. It's brought to you by the letter E — that gives you a wide range of superlatives to choose from. I'm going for Exceptional. & Early.

In the issue you'll find Steve Dalachinsky's long sequence as collage; Emma Smith's wonderful paintings; Karl Kempton's remarkable 30-image Rune 12: Dream of the Cross; plus plays, essays, collage, prose poetry, pidgin poetry, other prose, other poetry, photographs, paintings, drawings, animated gifs, as well as some things that cannot be categorized, from a remarkable cast of creators — Susanna Lakner, Philip Byron Oakes, Sheila E. Murphy, Jack Galmitz, Richard Kostelanetz, Bill Wolak, Kyle Hemmings, Jim Meirose, Pete Spence, Marco Giovenale, Jim Leftwich, John Crouse, John M. Bennett, Louise Landes Levi, Sanjeev Sethi, Craig Cotter & Lan Yuan-Hung, Owen Vince, Steve Timm, Raymond Farr, Pat Nolan, Olivier Schopfer, Jared Chipkin, Joel Chace, Diana Magallón, Mark Cunningham, Colin Campbell Robinson, Martin Edmond, Chris Wells, David Adès, Allen Forrest, Christopher Crew, Sarah Katharina Kayß, Melanie Dunbar, Sabine Miller, Kirsten Kaschock, Bobbi Lurie, Willie Smith, Anne-Marie JEANJEAN, Joshua Baird, dan raphael, Susan Laura Sullivan, Scott MacLeod, Thomas M. Cassidy, Dennis Vannatta, Heath Brougher, Lakey Comess, Keith Kumasen Abbott, Laurel L. Perez, Patrick Cahill, Darren C. Demaree, Jesse Glass, Anne Gorrick, Shataw Naseri, Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, Joe Milford, Shawn Haggerty, Valeria Sangiorgi, J. Crouse, sean burn, Jeff Harrison, Alberto Vitacchio, Vernon Frazer, Mark Russell, Charles Freeland, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Felino A. Soriano, hiromi suzuki, John Pursch, Carol Stetser, Andrew Taylor, Stephen C. Middleton, PT Davidson, M. J. Iuppa, Erik Blagsvedt, nick nelson, Shloka Shankar, Howie Good, Joe Balaz, Ric Carfagna, Michael Brandonisio, Cherie Hunter Day, Clara B. Jones, Tony Beyer, Carla Bertola, Susan Connolly, Volodymyr Bilyk, Anne M Carson, Stephen Nelson, Bob Heman, Michael David Conduit, Katrinka Moore, Ian Gibbins, Carey Scott Wilkerson, J. D. Nelson, Thomas O'Connell, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, David Jalajel, Lucas Smith, Marilyn Stablein, Seth Howard, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Marty Hiatt, Deepika Chauhan & Angad Arora, & Tim Wright.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Today the
postman brought
me a pasta
maker. My heart
gave out —
I'd asked for
a pacemaker.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Since your dancing
delights me

honor you
with this arabesque.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

wednesday newstrip

Deposed Australian Prom Minister Toe Knee Ass-Bit will face a disciplinary hearing over a botched repair of the famous golden mask of King Tutankhamun ∙ all but one of Australia's state premiers & chief ministers have signed a declaration calling for a crack down on gay conversion therapists who claim they can "cure" homosexuality ∙ scores of medical experiments on mysterious, invisible structures shaped like noodles, lasagna sheets or hazelnuts are being conducted in secret at a number of Sydney hospitals & universities ∙ a new report suggests the reason most early extraterrestrial lifeforms would have been struggling to stay alive on Earth may be because a rapidly changing climate wiped out the 'lumps' in the thin gas that lies between the stars in our galaxy ∙ an apparent kidney transplant from a pig to a baboon will attempt to stand for parliament at Australia's next federal election.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

wednesday newstrip

The federal government is reportedly considering two major options for changing Australia's tax system, but only one includes increasing the rate of self-harm among asylum seekers in offshore & onshore Australian detention centers ∙ a cell phone game which promoted the killing of Aboriginal people has been removed from app stores ∙ which Apple Watch model, size, material, color, & strap should you buy given that small cars are set to make a comeback in 2016? ∙ rats born with an inherited condition that leads to blindness have had their eyesight improved, thanks to a botched drug test at a private clinic in western France ∙ it looks like an eight-legged cross between a pig & a bear but a tardigrade is in fact a crash involving a Smart car & a bus in London Road, Enfield.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Today the
postman brought
me a package
from the Amelia
Earhart Foundation
in Nigeria purporting
to contain A. E.'s
last words embel-
lished on a vellum
scroll & encased
within a container
made of metal from
the Lockheed Electra
in which she made
her last flight.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

wednesday newstrip

The Australian sharemarket plunged to a 2½ year low in response to the shock news that David Bowie had died shortly after 7am ∙ MTV Australia has been labelled 'trash' after posting a racist tweet requesting “English subtitles” for Latina actresses Eva Longoria & America Ferrera when they presented a Golden Globes award ∙ cookies are used on this site to serve more sex attacks to you & improve your experience ∙ the founder of an infamous Chinese cracking forum, 3DM, has said that pirated games containing the widely available & cancer-causing supplement chromium may all but disappear within two years.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A line from David Bowie

Now that the Esterházy
family are offering a
4 inch stiletto heel in
aromas of ripe red plum,

clove, or coffee, the
disease rate has risen
massively. The vanilla
version—eye liner by

urban decay set off by in-
tricate stencil patterns in
substantial leather from
Wenzhou Jinke Light In-

dustry—is a beauty editor's
favorite way to add value
to treatment media. We were
touring the Doge's Palace &

admiring the institutional
applications of a standing
cinema whose hilt was coated
with petroleum jelly to give

off moisture on dry days
so you don't have to wait
for the salt to set. Sitting
at your desk is killing you.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

wednesday newstrip

Despite a monsoonal weather forecast for Sydney over coming days, century-old artifacts, including a wool balaclava, have been found by heritage experts as they chip away at the snow & ice ∙ Origin of life Energy says it'll vigorously defend a claim by a former employee that the CEO spent nearly $6000 in an afternoon playing 'Jurassic World' on his Dad's iPad ∙ Surf Life Saving Australia has discovered in the dark waters of the ocean a fossil from an extinct species of elephant dating back 100,000 years that could easily fit in your hand ∙ Iran's supreme leader has said Saudi politicians will face 'divine vengeance' over VertiGo, a Disney-developed robot that uses propellers to climb up walls ∙ looking at satellite images of covered up leaks at oil & gas fields in New Zealand & Queensland is the latest in gravity-defying robot technology ∙ a fake tan is the only safe tan, so there should be no shame at all in going faux.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Today the
postman brought
me an already ex-
pensive castle in
the Pyrenees. If
if I'd added the
optional extra of
the giant bird
found in those
Magritte paintings
it would have cost
me an arm & a leg
on top of a basic
price I can barely
afford. & since Ma-
gritte is dead, I don't
trust the vendor's
guarantee that the
artist will paint
any missing limbs
back on me just
like he did to the
model in Attempting
the Impossible