Thursday, November 28, 2019

La lección de música

Demasiado tarde para un taxi, entonces el
maestro llama en una campana para
llevar a su alumno a su casa
en el campo

Han hecho esto antes, es
bien ensayado y vestido
para. El alumno solo necesita
asumir un poco más alto

registrarse para convertirse en un oído, en
parte de una especie de significante, pero
también permitiéndole escuchar qué
camino a seguir y dar instrucciones para

donde están los mejores asientos. los
La campana mantiene el tiempo. El oído
viene una parte de eso. El hundimiento
sun promueve el puntaje, permitiendo

Un color diferente para ser escuchado.
Ahora lo invisible se representa
visible. Esta lección está completa
¿Qué aprenderá la próxima semana?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

wednesday newstrip

Asteroid warning: Earth WILL be hit by rock size of dinosaur-ending strike — expert claim · Israeli Prime Minister Backgammon Nestingyahoo faces indictments for corruption, claims allegations "politically motivated" · a group of immigration hardliners, including some who worked at an organization that has been described as a hate group by an advocacy watchdog that monitors extremism, have gained powerful posts in the federal agency in charge of administering benefits for immigrants, asylum-seekers & refugees · CNN reports that T.®ump has now fabricated five quotes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to defend himself against the impeachment inquiry · 140th out of 146: Australian teens do close to the least physical activity in the world.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Starting the day

I confront the
plasma screen
once more &

hope again that
small words
turn into monsters.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

wednesday newstrip

NASA asteroid alert: a colossal rock the size of Sears Tower is rapidly approaching Earth · concern as plague cases diagnosed in China · Xbox expands game streaming service & announces new games at X019 · US teenager shoots fellow students dead on his birthday at a Southern California high school · are bigger water bombers the answer to Australia's bushfire woes? · T.®ump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 500% as Seoul questions alliance · NSW bushfires: man charged after allegedly lighting fire at Ebor to protect cannabis crop.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

from pelican dreaming 9.8.2004

Found Word for the Day.

Otoliths — "earstones" — are small white bony structures found in the head of all fish other than rays, sharks & lampreys. They provide a sense of balance in much the same way that the inner ear provides balance in humans. They also aid in hearing. In some fish, the otolith is connected through fine hairs to the swim bladder & this aids the fish to hear behind itself.

Growth rings, much like those of a tree, record the age & growth of a fish from the date of hatch to the time of death in such detail that everything from the year of hatch, the migration pathways & the temperature of the water can be analysed from the otolith.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Now out from Otoliths: tocsin by harry k stammer

Color me old-fashioned but I like print. It's why I do print editions of Otoliths, it's why — until I ran out of time, oomph, & money — I did a range of books under the Otoliths imprint.

Print demands a different set of inputs. Online, you have templates to work from & within, & provided you have a reasonable knowledge of code, you can stretch those templates. There's no real inside or outside: with Otoliths I have artificially created something akin to a book — cover, contents, a next page interior.

With print, the interiors are easy to prepare. Word & Adobe attend to most of it for you. But a book is a physical object, & to do the content justice, to treat it with the respect it deserves, requires someone to shape the clay to make it entire, to present it in a final form that the cover augments & makes attractive. As an editor I have always been conscious of the need to present work as its creator intended it to be; &, where possible, to enhance the surroundings that work appears in.

I think the, so far, nearly 200 offerings found on The Otoliths Storefront support my intentions. That outcome can, in a major way, be put down to the efficacy of the nearly 200 covers that harry k stammer has prepared over the last almost decade & a half, from a variety of source matter. To put it simply, with regards to the print output of Otoliths, harry has made much of it possible.

But harry is much more than a designer. He's a musician, songwriter, painter, & a poet, both text & vispo. tocsin, this current book, is the final part of a series that deals with the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles & the third that Otoliths has published. tents was one of the first books I published, back in 2007; grounds came out in 2014, the last book I published. It was always the intent, however, to temporarily open the door down the track & close the series off when the final book was ready.

So, without further ado, & with the grateful thanks of, if not a nation, at least this publisher for all the help harry has generously given me over the years, I can announce that:

Now out from Otoliths

by harry k stammer
48 pages, b&w, with visuals
direct link:

harry k stammer’s new book tocsin is the final book in a series that includes tents & grounds, both published by Otoliths. It continues to dig deeper into the realm of a homeless person’s mind as he/she lives in downtown Los Angeles. As Philip Primeau said of tents, "stammer mixes a sort of poetic cubism with wordplay, startling typography, and a wide array of other adventurous techniques with creative intensity rarely witnessed."

This book again uses experimental/visual poetry to explore the issues of homelessness.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

wednesday newstrip

'Closest flyby in history.' Scientists panic after NASA fails to pick up asteroid threat · popular Fortnite YouTuber Faze Jarvis permanently banned for using aimbot · US rapper TI under fire after saying he takes his teenage daughter to a gynaecologist every year to check her hymen is still intact · wounded US veteran 'feeling whole' after breakthrough penis, scrotum transplant · NASA satellites reveal the world’s thickest glacier is melting 80 years ahead of schedule · Kim Kardashian reveals Kanye West paid her $1.45 million not to model a rival fashion brand.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Shot in the T.®ump

Many multi-authored concepts fall apart almost from the start. This one, by way of minimal questioning, managed to avoid that fate for around 230 years. Then it was revealed as a Ponzi scheme.

It was known as The Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

wednesday newstrip

A myth propagated by anti-vaxxers suggests that getting measles is better for your immunity than the vaccine against the infection, but new research shows that getting measles is even more dangerous than first thought · small asteroid paid a heavy price for almost striking Earth · Rage Against The Machine are reuniting to headline Coachella 2020 · living skin can now be 3-D-printed with blood vessels included · 'last necklace made by Neanderthals' discovered by archaeologists in Spain · 'could blow up in their face': Chinese officials said to have doubts over reaching long-term trade deal with T.®ump.

Friday, November 01, 2019

The latest issue of Otoliths is live.

Issue fifty-five of Otoliths, the southern spring issue, has just gone live.

This issue is dedicated to three greatly valued contributors — Keith Kumasen Abbott, Steve Dalachinsky, & Bill DiMichele — who all passed away during the past three months.

It has a cover by Mary Ellen Derwis, & contains a wide variety of prose, poetry, & visuals, that often overlap, from Lynn Strongin, Guy R. Beining, Alisa Velaj, Kristian Patruno, David Lohrey, Mary Kasimor, Miro Sandev, Ayşegül Tözeren, Sanjeev Sethi, Jürgen O. Olbric, Flora Michèle Marin, Xe M. Sánchez, Jim Leftwich, Stuart Wheatley & Texas Fontanella, Erik Fuhrer, Mario José Cervantes, Seth Howard, harry k. stammer, József Bíró, Jim Meirose, Keith Walker, Simón Ibarra, Pete Spence, Diana Magallón, J. D. Nelson, Kristin Garth, Steve Dalachinsky, John M. Bennett, Diane Keys, andrew topel, Yoko Danno & James C. Hopkins, Peter J. King & Jude Cowan Montague, Lael Gold, Daniel de Culla, dan raphael, David Baptiste Chirot, Fabrice B. Poussin, Karl Kempton, Joe Balaz, Howie Good, Piet Nieuwland, Cleo Henry, Craig Cotter, Jesse Glass, Kenneth Rexroth, Cecelia Chapman, David Greaves, Vera Constantineau, C. Mehrl Bennett, Ben Egerton, Hao Wang, David Hawkins, Kit Kennedy, Sean Bolton, Martin Edmond, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Karen Downs-Barton, Tom Beckett, hiromi suzuki, Keith Higginbotham, Bruno Neiva, Elmedin Kadric, Vernon Frazer, Jeff Bagato, Joseph Buehler, Olivier Schopfer, AG Davis, Kyle Hemmings, d'Ores&Deja, Dave Read, Clara B. Jones, Simon Perchik, David J Kelly, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, Paul Ilechko, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Charles Wilkinson, Maria Brito, Pam Brown, Richard Lopez, Keith Nunes, Giuseppe Calandriello, John Vieira, Sheila E. Murphy, Michael Gould, M.J. Iuppa, Tim Wright, bofa xesjum, Penelope Weiss, Anna Menozzi translated by John Martone, Mark Staniforth, David Greenslade, Bob Heman, Michael O'Brien, Tony Beyer, Laurie Duggan, Steve Gilmartin, Jeff Harrison, Jen Schneider, John Phillips, Carol Stetser, Eric Hoffman, Joshua Smith, Michael Brandonisio, Laura Winter, Richard Kostelanetz, Ptr Kozlowski, Marilyn Stablein, Taofeek Ayeyemi, Anna Cates, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Cameron Lowe, Joyce Parkes, Ashlee-Ann Sneller, John Levy, Cherie Hunter Day, Katrinka Moore, & nick-e melville.