Wednesday, December 30, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Vatican says it's OK to get virus vaccines using abortion cell lines · Canadian gold miner finds 57,000-year-old wolf pup still covered in fur · KFC launches 4K, 240FPS gaming console with a built-in chicken warmer · astronomers discover mysterious radio signal from Proxima Centauri · first Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at Chilean research station · CD Projekt Red faces investor lawsuit over Cyberpunk’s messy launch · study reveals how ecDNA fragments drive gene amplification to generate drug resistance in cancer · DoNuts T.®ump plays golf as Congress scrambles to salvage Covid relief bill.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Black hole goes 'missing' from the center of distant galaxy Abell 2261 · Virginia to receive 100,000 fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine than initially planned under Warp Speed · someone found a weird unreleased Simpsons game on an old Dreamcast dev kit · suspected Russian hack on US sends cyber experts worldwide scrambling to defend networks · deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' has expanded its range northward · 'we cannot proceed with Christmas' - UK implements strict new Covid-19 lockdown for millions.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

thursday newscomicstrip

Today the postwoman 
brought me $266,400 
from the Liberty Center 
for God & Country to 

surveil a van over four 
days, run it off the road, 
put a gun to the driver's 
head, & then open the 

back of the van to find — 
instead of the predicted 
750,000 falsified ballot 

papers — the tools of  
trade of an airconditioning
maintenance engineer.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Astronomers just found cosmic 'superhighways' for fast travel through the Solar System · suspected Russian hackers target US Treasury emails · tattooed, severed, & mummified Maori heads were once a prized collector’s item in Britain. New Zealand wants them back · DoNuts T.®ump insists election legal challenges 'not over' despite electoral college vote on Monday · Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered — Performance RT mode is now live · SMiley O'Cyrus finally explains infamous leaked video 10 years on · China space probe carrying moon rocks begins journey home.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Today the post-
woman brought 
me a CD of DoNuts
T.®ump trying
to recite The Star-
Spangled Banner
when I'd asked for
a sharp-angled
spanner to be de-
livered. Why this?
I asked. Listen to
the words, she said. 
I just wanted to point
out to the oft-critical
poet that there's some-
one even more inept
at using the correct
words than I am, & 
he used to be the
fucking President. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

wednesday newstrip

The wings of insects might have evolved from the legs of crustaceans · Rudely GuiliAndrews said the (T.®ump) campaign doesn't need courts to change the outcome of the election. "The United States Constitution gives sole power to the state legislature to decide presidential elections" · personal trainer arrested after his children, 12 & 13, found beheaded in California · Homeland Security investigating scams related to new COVID-19 vaccines · technology is making sex toys better & smarter for men · should I buy 3200MHz or 3600MHz RAM for use with AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X?

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Cyberpunk 2077 won't support raytracing on AMD cards at launch · Faizon Love sues Universal over omission from Couples Retreat movie poster · salmon in mass breakout after fire melts Huon Aquaculture pen in southern Tasmania · Sony PS5 supply gets worse as Amazon customers get fry pans instead of new console · biocompatible photooxygenation catalyst could be potentially used to treat amyloid diseases · China is launching a space mission to collect the first rocks from the moon in 40 years · the most important question of 2020: is Benny from The Queen’s Gambit hot or not?

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The print parts of Otoliths issue fifty-nine are now available

The print parts of Otoliths issue fifty-nine are now available from The Otoliths Storefront at Lulu. Details are below. Lulu generally runs a promotional discount from Monday to Friday.

Part One
437 pages, b&w
Price: $US19.95
Direct Link:

Part one of Otoliths fifty-nine contains text & visual poems, stories, essays, & historical newspaper columns from Lynn Strongin, Jim Leftwich, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Jim Meirose, John M. Bennett, Sanjeev Sethi, Mark Pirie, Jen Schneider, Pete Spence, Heath Brougher, Ivan Klein, Jim McCrary, József Bíró, Jack Galmitz, Robert Ronnow, Kristin Garth, Vaughan Rapatahana, Adam Day, S. K. Kelen, Mike James, Seth A. Howard, Serena Piccoli & William Allegrezza, Hugh Tribbey, Joanna Walkden Harris & Pete Spence, Mark DuCharme, harry k stammer, Bruno Neiva, Clara B. Jones, Eric Hoffman translations of Ozaki Hōsai, J. D. Nelson, Sheila E. Murphy, Miriam Borgstrom, Jack Foley, Pat Nolan, Adriána Kóbor, Volodymyr Bilyk, red flea & old beetle, Kenneth Rexroth, Jeff Harrison, Christopher Barnes, Dale Jensen, Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett, Thomas Fink, dan raphael, Michael Farrell, Jessie Janeshek, Chris Arnold & Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, Andrew Taylor, Zebulon Huset, Ramsay Randall, Kenneth Howard Doerr, Penelope Weiss, Gavin Lucky, David Lohrey, Khaloud Al-Muttalibi, Barbara Daniels, J. Crouse, Simon Perchik, Karl Bachmann, Wes Lee, Roger Mitchell, Tom Beckett, Charles Wilkinson, Stephen Nelson, Bob Lucky, Jude VC, Tony Beyer, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Stu Hatton, R L Swihart, Dah, Daniel f Bradley, Michael Ruby, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Michael Spring, Les Wicks, Angela Costi, Pamela Miller, John Levy, Jay Buchanan, Keith Higginbotham, Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy, Peter Yovu, Paul Pfleuger, Jr. & Jack Galmitz, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Michael Brandonisio, Rosalinda Ruiz Scarfuto & Eileen R. Tabios, Aurora Scott, Bob Heman, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Chris Gutkind, Jane Simpson, Jim Leftwich, & M.J. Iuppa.

Part Two
287 pages, full color
Price: $US39.45
Direct Link:

Part two of Otoliths fifty-nine contains collages, photographs, paintings, text & visual poems, essays, & drawings by Ruggero Maggi, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett & Thomas M. Cassidy, osvaldo cibils & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Jennifer Hambrick, Rob Stuart, Scott MacLeod, Daniel de Culla, Elaine Woo, Mike Harriden & Texas Fontanella, Isabel Gómez de Diego, hiromi suzuki, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Olivier Schopfer, Baron Geraldo & Associates, AG Davis, Andrew Brenza, Cecelia Chapman, Joe Balaz, Rosaire Appel, Diana Magallón & Jeff Harrison, Andrew Topel, Andrew Topel & John M. Bennett, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Dave Read, Carol Stetser, T. W. Selvey, Doren Robbins, Diana Magallón & John M. Bennett, Jeff Bagato, Judith Skillman, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Michael Basinski, Jeff Crouch & Jim Leftwich & Cecelia Chapman, Stuart Wheatley & Texas Fontanella, Christian ALLE, Nick Nelson, Kathleen Reichelt & Rich Ferguson, Eileen R. Tabios, Susan Connolly, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Elmedin Kadric, Kathup Tsering, Jill Cameron, Marilyn Stablein, Richard Kostelanetz, Michael Brandonisio, Katrinka Moore, Keith Nunes, & Kristian Patruno.

Part Three
54 pages, full color
Price: $US14.95
Direct Link:

This standalone part of Otoliths is Fatal Breath by Texas Fontanella. Part one appeared in issue fifty-eight, the balance in issue fifty-nine. They have been combined here, for the first time.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Today the post-
woman brought me
the new collection
of short poems by
DoNuts T.®ump
entitled Massive 
fraud has been 

A sample example:
They talk about glitches. How many glitches did they find? Oh, gee, we had a glitch, 5000 votes. We’re like a third-world country.
The book is edited by Rudlie Giulieandlieandlie & selected copies are signed in hair- product by both RuG & the DTs.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Recently, at Series Magritte

Representation II

The orchestra under the cypress tree kicks into life. A few bars; & then the scene we're watching on the small screen is replicated on a larger canvas that still permits the original viewing platform to be included in the corner, picture- within-picture style, framed by the only thing that might be a goal were it not for the pawn on top. Or maybe it was the other way around & downsizing has occurred. No spectators to see the "world game" shrunk to three a-side. The château now a simple manor house. A lone pianola.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

wednesday newstrip

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine triggers robust immune response in older adults, peer-reviewed study says · Hubble captures a black hole's 'shadow beams,' yawning across space · sorry, Animal Crossing time travelers, you can’t skip ahead to the holidays · Afghanistan war crimes inquiry includes 'possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia's military history', but it's completely redacted · Mo'Nique demands an apology from Tyler Perry after Will Smith & Janet Hubert make amends · Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with shooting 3 protesters in Kenosha, has posted $2 million bail & is no longer in custody.

Saturday, November 21, 2020


Dear Donald. 

How does it feel 
to be defeated by 
the person you have

called "the single 
worst candidate 
in the history of 

America?" What 
do you think
that makes you?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Celebrity Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz’s alleged lover tells all about tryst with Justin Bieber’s mate · Nafamostat mesylate initially reduces SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in hamsters, study finds · DoNuts GoNuts T.®ump does a slow motorcade drive-by through supporters gathered near the Wheat House on the way to his Virginia golf club · several Xbox Series X users are reporting a variety of hardware issues, including smoky consoles · Iyanka T.®umpledforeskin roasted over double standards in Alaska election call · Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, indicted in the United States for the 1998 bombings of its embassies in Tanzania & Kenya, was secretly shot & killed in Tehran by two Israeli operatives on a motorcycle, reportedly at the behest of the United States.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Ancient meteorite hints Mars had water before there was life on Earth · Netflix's SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: Keanu Reeves' Sage steals the show · final T.®ump days ripe for settling scores, pardoning allies · a woman shed infectious coronavirus particles for at least 70 days without showing symptoms, a study found · scientists 3D print microscopic Star Trek spaceship that moves on its own · Sony is slyly sneaking a PS5 Remote Play app onto people’s PS4 consoles · the soon-to-be ex-precedent's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani held a press conference in the carpark of a landscaping business, next to an adult shop & a crematorium. Theme: ashes to ashes, dust to dildos.

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Ballad of the Donald

Saw the Donald on TV today,
his face all pasty & puffy.
& if I was asked I'd have to say
he looks a lot like an orange roughy.

He'd just spent two days in the 
fallout shelter, wailing at the wall.
Had spent two days in the fallout 
shelter, weeping at the call.

Now emerges, blinking in the light,
looking cheated, so pale & wan. 
Emerges as the teleprompter quotes
Villon. Où sont les votes d'antan?

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Monkeys may have self-domesticated just like humans did, study suggests · the Razer Iskur gaming chair encourages perfect posture at a steep cost · 7 luxury hand sanitisers that won't look out of place in your handbag · Phasmophobia is out-selling Baldur’s Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077, & The Outer Worlds on Steam · sea-ice loss to disrupt almost all Arctic chemistry & ecosystems · extracellular matrix molecule tenascin-C plays a role in glaucoma by regulating inflammatory processes · Australian lobsters have been stranded on the tarmac at a Chinese airport prompting fears seafood could become the next victim of escalating trade tensions · Sean Connery's widow reveals actor battled dementia before his death: 'It took its toll on him.'

Sunday, November 01, 2020

The new issue of Otoliths is now live


Issue fifty-nine, the southern spring issue of Otoliths, is now live. It contains work by Ruggero Maggi, Lynn Strongin, Jim Leftwich, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Jim Meirose, John M. Bennett, Thomas M. Cassidy, osvaldo cibils, Sanjeev Sethi, Mark Pirie, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Jennifer Hambrick, Jen Schneider, Pete Spence, Heath Brougher, Rob Stuart, Ivan Klein, Jim McCrary, József Bíró, Jack Galmitz, Robert Ronnow, Kristin Garth, Scott MacLeod, Vaughan Rapatahana, Daniel de Culla, Adam Day, S. K. Kelen, Mike James, Texas Fontanella, Seth A. Howard, Serena Piccoli & William Allegrezza, Elaine Woo, Hugh Tribbey, Joanna Walkden Harris, Mike Harriden, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Mark DuCharme, hiromi suzuki, harry k stammer, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Bruno Neiva, Clara B. Jones, Eric Hoffman, J. D. Nelson, Sheila E. Murphy, Olivier Schopfer, Miriam Borgstrom, Jack Foley, Baron Geraldo & Associates, Pat Nolan, Adriána Kóbor, AG Davis, Volodymyr Bilyk, Andrew Brenza, red flea & old beetle, Joe Balaz, Kenneth Rexroth, Rosaire Appel, Jeff Harrison, Diana Magallón, Andrew Topel, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Christopher Barnes, Dave Read, Dale Jensen, Carol Stetser, Thomas Fink, dan raphael, Michael Farrell, Jessie Janeshek, T. W. Selvey, Chris Arnold & Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, Andrew Taylor, Zebulon Huset, Ramsay Randall, Kenneth Howard Doerr, Penelope Weiss, Gavin Lucky, David Lohrey, Khaloud Al-Muttalibi, Barbara Daniels, Doren Robbins, J. Crouse, Simon Perchik, Karl Bachmann, Jeff Bagato, Wes Lee, Judith Skillman, Roger Mitchell, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Tom Beckett, Charles Wilkinson, Michael Basinski, Stephen Nelson, Bob Lucky, Jude VC, Tony Beyer, Stuart Wheatley, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Christian ALLE, Stu Hatton, Nick Nelson, R L Swihart, Kathleen Reichelt & Rich Ferguson, Dah, Daniel f. Bradley, Michael Ruby, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Eileen R. Tabios, Michael Spring, Les Wicks, Susan Connolly, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Elmedin Kadric, Angela Costi, Pamela Miller, John Levy, Jay Buchanan, Keith Higginbotham, Douglas Barbour, Kathup Tsering, Jill Cameron, Peter Yovu, Marilyn Stablein, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Richard Kostelanetz, Michael Brandonisio, Katrinka Moore, Rosalinda Ruiz Scarfuto, Aurora Scott, Bob Heman, Keith Nunes, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Kristian Patruno, Chris Gutkind, Jane Simpson, & M.J. Iuppa.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

wednesday newstrip

The United States has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus infections in a single day, hours after the prissygent DoNuts WHONuts T.®ump insisted once again that the virus was "going away" · the BepiColombo Probe just took a ridiculously close video of Venus as it flew by · Xiaomi Mi Watch Color Sports Edition: the budget smartwatch we've been waiting for · 125-year study of chess matches suggests we don't peak at the game until our 30s · US virus deaths 'could hit 500,000' by February · 'I voted for a doofus named Trump,' says the precedent, DoNuts BloNuts T.®ump, as he emerged from his own cubicle in a Florida library, 'but it was the only name I could pronounce.'

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

wednesday newstrip

There’s a toad in Super Mario Sunshine that is trapped alone beneath the map, forever · Justin Bieber & Kanye West may be the new faces of modern Christianity · female moles grow testicles to fight through their brutal underground existence · when he left Walter Reed, DoNuts OhSoNuts T.®ump wanted 'to rip open shirt to reveal Superman t-shirt to prove he's over Covid-19' · scientists measure the shortest amount of time ever: zeptoseconds · influencer, 33, who ‘thought Covid didn’t exist’ dies after catching the virus · scientists believe mystery object approaching Earth might be blast from the past — NASA expert identifies it as old rocket.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

posted to Pelican Dreaming 15 years ago today

O.K., call me paranoid, but there are networks out there. Have to be. Otherwise 
how to explain why you suddenly get a concentration of hits via a search engine, from different 
i.p. addresses, from different locations, all with the same search phrase. In the last two hours 
I’ve had six hits for “beauty busted in bali”. The time before that it was “accordion smurf”.

Maybe it’s all innocent. Or chance. Maybe not. ¿Quien sabe?

I retreat further into my shell. Put more alfoil up over the windows. Recall a poem I posted here 
many months ago. Put up even more alfoil. 

Homeland Security Certain words are flagged for recognition. The surrounding passages on the endless monitoring tapes are isolated & extracted, sent past voice recognition software, digitalized for immediate interpretation of permutations & association. Names, times, places. More words to add. This is no brief history of the world but a paranoic infinite dictionary. By themselves the words are meaningless. Meaning is added later. “I am going to the shops” is sufficent reason for assassination.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Fans fume at ‘absurdity’ as 27-year mascot cut on same day Arsenal secures $81m transfer · US prissygent DoNuts GroNuts T.®ump has ordered his negotiators to halt talks on coronavirus aid plan until after 'he's won' the election · refugee advocates have slammed the Federal Government for slashing Australia's humanitarian intake by 5,000 people a year in Tuesday night's Budget · biologists find spectacular bird that presents both male & female plumage, split down the middle · scarlet fever is making a comeback after being infected with a toxic virus, researchers say · members of a right-wing militia have been arrested for a credible plot to kidnap a Democratic governor & start a “civil war” in America.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Today the post-
woman brought
me a quart of Old
Grand Dad 114. I'd
actually asked for
a book on the Court
of Bourbon; but the
voice-response soft-
ware must have
interpreted my dulcet
tones as being whis-
keyed rather than quiz
kid, & modified my 
request to reflect that. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Neuer Enzym-Cocktail zerlegt Kunststoffabfälle sechsmal schneller · a maxi-Mars, a mini-moon, & meteors light up the October night sky · parrot pet & patio poultry ownership rise in pandemic · SpaceX aborts launch of GPS Space Force satellite with 2 seconds to go · Minecraft’s Cliffs & Caves update to feature archaeology & axolotls in 2021 · 'saving souls, not lives': teen patients say they were retraumatised at faith-based mental health clinic · wind & solar supply more than 50 pct of Australia’s main grid for first time · DoNuts T.®ump discovers the meaning of hubris.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Giant spiders could help tailor pain blockers for people with irritable bowel syndrome · Qld scientists find paradox-free time travel is theoretically possible · Nvidia RTX 3080 20GB & RTX 3060 leak suggests an imminent attack on AMD’s Big Navi & midrange GPUs · DoNuts BloNuts T.®ump attacks China for 'unleashing coronavirus plague onto the world' · Boozehound fraudster caged for $120,000 dental clinic theft · Vietnamese police bust ring selling used condoms as new · the giant black hole we imaged for the first time now appears to be… glittering.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Today the post-
woman brought
me an elephant.
"What's this?" I asked.
"Wondered if you
were interested in a
pet," she replied. "It
was thrown out from
a house earlier on my
round. A big guy 
lives there, named
Hannibal. Apparently
he's downsizing after
a trip across the Alps, 
& there wasn't room 
in the room for both 
him & the elephant."

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

wednesday newstrip

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti specs leak: 4864 CUDA cores & 8GB of GDDR6 at 448 GB/s could max out Cyberpunk 2077 & Watch Dogs Legion at 1080p with ray-tracing · Afghanistan allows mothers' names on birth certificates in 'significant' milestone for women's rights · NASA considers Venus mission after discovery of potential evidence of life beyond Earth · before consumers could grab them, a Bot bought dozens of RTX 3080 units so they can be resold at higher prices · Qantas scenic flight to nowhere could be fastest selling flight in airline's history · during a speech, SoNuts PhoNuts T.®ump directly blamed the school curriculum for the violence that has resulted from some of the protests, saying that "the left-wing rioting & mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools" · could pineapples be a new weapon against COVID-19?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Recently, at Series Magritte

The Secret of the Clouds

It is daytime. The unlit moon
comes across as just another
cloud as it mixes in with them.
Except these clouds don't look
like those clouds — or those /
these, depending on what your
viewing point is. Nothing secretive
about the ones above my head:
meteorologists have long since been able to define, decline them. These others? Okay, it's obviously a shitty day, but the only secret I can posit they contain is which of asemic notebook, extrusion, or tangled spaghetti do they spring from.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

wednesday newstrip

A SETI Survey of the Vela region using the Murchison Widefield array has come up empty: orders of magnitude expansion will now be undertaken in searching space · Keeping Up With the Kardishyones to end next year after 20th season · vegan leather made from mushrooms could mold the future of sustainable fashion · UK pharma firm AstraZeneca pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after unexpected illness in volunteer · DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump accuses US military leadership of seeking to start wars to profit defense contractors · according to Auckland, New Zealand Behemoth Brewery’s Facebook page, its Dump The Trump beer is "back & better than ever (unlike its namesake)" · across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger, & will soon store less carbon.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

wednesday newstrip

NoNuts GloNuts T.®ump orders crackdown on federal antiracism training, calling it 'anti-American' · are carrots orange because of a Dutch revolutionary? · China says Australia is infected with fear, conjecture, & paranoia · incoming object with Earth impact trajectory turns out to be old NASA spacecraft · Asus made its new ROG Strix cards 400W behemoths to give Nvidia Ampere room to breathe · plants do something weird when they grow near human corpses, scientists say · DoNuts SloNuts T.®ump insists he never had a 'series of mini-strokes,' despite no one suggesting he did.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Researcher claims biotech conference in Boston may be linked to 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the US · King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drummer Eric Moore leaves the band · ferrets not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection · Asteroid 2018 VP₁ may be heading for Earth, but there’s no need to worry · former Florida Attorney-General Pam Bondi rails against nepotism in politics in her speech to the RNC, as the chyron beneath her on TV reads: "Coming up: E.®ection T.®ump, Tympani T.®ump, Melanoma T.®ump" · Australia 'hurt the feelings' of China with calls for coronavirus investigation, senior diplomat says · hamster trial 'positive' for virus vaccine.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Apparently Liam Hemsworth has ‘a low opinion’ of Miley Cyrus, so file that in the ‘fkn ouch’ folder · DoNuts SoNuts To&FroNuts T.®ump attacks Goodyear after red MAGA hats reportedly banned on their factory floors · Oculus VR headsets will soon require Facebook accounts · mystery gas has been detected shooting 'like bullets' from our galactic center · Service New South Wales tells farmers to put sheep on planes to get around border restrictions · Sweden's coronavirus response was lauded. It just recorded its highest death toll in 150 years · SloNuts GloNuts PhoNuts T.®ump embraces QAnon belief that the p(r)issygent "is secretly saving the world from a satanic cult of pedophiles & cannibals." Why this sudden embrace? 'Because they like me.'

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Today the
postwoman brought
me my monthly
credit card state-
ments. "Where's
the old guy?" I
asked her. "Retired
suddenly," she replied.
"Bought himself a
cottage & a block
of land out in the
country. Is going
to raise alpacas
& write his auto-
biography, called, I
believe, Today the
postman brought

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Richiede una patch da 66 GB su Xbox One · ‘terror crocodiles’ as major as a metropolis bus snacked on dinosaurs with their banana-sized teeth · Greenland ice has shrunk beyond point of no return · Defence Department warns that 'highly active' spies pose 'extreme threat' to Australia's shipbuilding plan · “Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick” claims Facebook post from Luray, Va. mayor · Sydney's Star Casino fined over 12-year-old girl found gambling on pokie machines · Epic is right to fight Apple, but drafting Fortnite fans into a corporate war is tacky.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me L'oiseau de
. It had dust all
over it, made the
postman sneeze. He
bent his elbow to
cover his mouth in
the approved covid
manner. Stra-VINSKY!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

wednesday newstrip

New algorithm based on machine learning precisely detects methylation sites · I’m really into that new dragon-dating sim, ring fit adventure · mass hijacking spree takes over subreddits to promote DoNuts Bro-Nuts To&Fro-Nuts T.®ump · United States government issues travel warning for New Zealand due to '23 active cases' of COVID-19 · apparently $AU500 a day is how much Bachelor In Paradise contestants get paid to act like tools on TV · Apple files legal opposition to a meal app’s pear logo · human DNA shows early humans got intimate with unidentified, ancient ancestor.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

wednesday newstrip

The P.®issygent heads to his own golf club as Covid-19 surges & jobless benefits expire. It's the 283rd golfing trip of his term, according to CNN count · Elongated Muskrat challenges Johnny DeppCdiva to cage fight over Ambergris OverHeard affair rumor · U. K. Plum Molester Bore-us Brownstone warns Brits of Ghislaine Maxwell's shocking sex claims in unsealed documents · Smoking Toad, F-Zero Beavis, & other weird Nintendo gigaleak finds · DoNuts NoNuts LoNuts SoNuts T.®ump halts TV advertising as he struggles in polls against Joe BidenMyTime · most world maps show north at the top; but it doesn't have to be that way · the precedent says TikTok app will be banned in the US over security concerns.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me le temps
. I couldn't
remember where
I'd left it, had been
searching for some
time. Turns out I'd
dropped it at the
COVID-testing clinic
on Swann's Way.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Issue fifty-eight of Otoliths is now live.

Issue fifty-eight, the southern winter 2020 issue of Otoliths is now live.

It contains the wide-ranging array of wide-ranging material that has come to be expected of the journal, but I'm especially pleased to be able to present a number of pages from what I believe will come to be considered one of the 21st Century's seminal works of literature & scholarship, Javant Biarujia's The Taneraic Dictionary.

Accompanying that are contributions from Guy R. Beining, Kim Trainor, Louise Landes Levi, Texas Fontanella, Brandstifter, J. D. Nelson, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett, Sanjeev Sethi, Simon Perchik, Debiprasad Mukherjee, Scott Helmes & Friends, Jon Skolnik, Cecelia Chapman, John Grey, Elaine Woo, Jim Meirose, James Croal Jackson, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Ace Boggess, Kristin Garth, Christian ALLE, Craig Cotter, Angela Caporaso, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Aimée Keeble, Daniel de Culla, Seth A. Howard, Jon Riccio, John Crouse, Albert Pellicer & Márton Koppány, Lynn Strongin, hiromi suzuki, Jack Galmitz, Carol Stetser, Richard Magahiz & John W. Sexton, Laurent Grison, Paul Ilechko, Joel Chace, Stuart Wheatley, Kyle Hemmings, Howie Good, Jessie Glass, Matthew Schmidt, Mary Kasimor, Olivier Schopfer, Jeff Bagato, Kit Kennedy, Richard Biddle, Adam al-Sirgany, Jeff Crouch, Zebulon Huset, Eric Mohrman, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Susan Gangel, Jessy Randall, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Andrew Topel, John Bradley, Anindita Sarkar, Mike Callaghan, Adam Aitken, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Olchar Lindsann, Mark Roberts, Ruggero Maggi, Milton P. Ehrlich, J.J. Campbell, Jeff Harrison, Joanna Walkden Harris & Pete Spence, Jill Jones, Scott MacLeod, Ryan Shane Lopez, Tom Beckett, Judith Skillman, David Rushmer, Diana Magallón, Clara B. Jones, bart plantenga, John Wesick, gobscure, Alex McKeown, Randee Silv, Elmedin Kadric, Sheila E. Murphy, Tony Beyer, Keith Higginbotham, J. Crouse, Dave Read, Ivan Klarić, Keith Nunes, Richard Kostelanetz, John Levy, Stephen Nelson, Kevin Stebner, Glenn Ingersoll, Connor Orrico, Valeria Sangiorgi, Eric Hoffman, Joe Balaz, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Stu Hatton, Vivek Prahlad, Nick Nelson, Dörthe Huth, Kristine Snodgrass, Hrishikesh Srinivas, nicky melville, Penelope Weiss, Mridula Kashyap, Marilyn Stablein, Dani Netherclift, Bob Heman, Julie Sampson, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Jonathan Minton, Irene Koronas, Theodore Worozbyt, M.J. Iuppa, Daniel Y. Harris, Katrinka Moore, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Michael Brandonisio, Cherie Hunter Day, Alan Chong Lau, K Roberts, Danni Storm, Katie Fanthorpe, & Alberto Vitacchio & Carla Bertola.

This issue is dedicated to the memory of Louie Crew Clay & Michael McClure, both contributors to earlier issues of Otoliths.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Click bait for locals

This targeted ad by Google confirms you're living somewhere outside civilization.

I grew up in New Zealand with the colloquialism "wop wops" for the back of beyond. That's apparently a variant of the Australian "woop woop," a name given to some imagined but ironically unimaginable outback town.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Edna & Edward Estlin

What lips my
lips have kissed, &
where, & why, I
have forgotten, &
what arms have lain
under my head
till morning; but the
rain is full of
ghosts tonight, that
tap & sigh upon
the glass & listen
for reply; & in my
heart there stirs a
quiet pain for un-
remembered lads
that not again will
turn to me at mid-
night with a cry.

Thus in the winter
stands a lonely tree,
nor knows what
birds have vanished
one by one, yet
know its boughs
more silent than
before: I cannot
say what loves have
come & gone; I only
know that summer
sang in me a little
while, that in me
sings no more.

is no parenthesis
& death i think

for life's not a
back in my arms
laugh, leaning
each other: then
we are for

which says
eyelids' flutter
is less than your
ure of my brain
cry—the best gest-
all flowers. Don't
lady i swear by
than wisdom
are a better fate
approves, & kisses
my blood

Spring is in the
to be a fool while
kiss you; wholly
will never wholly
syntax of things
any attention to the
first who pays
since feeling is

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Waifu Uncovered mixes bullet-hell with boobies, & even comes with a "one finger" mode · rock band Linkin Park gets Twitter to take down yet another of DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump’s tweets · scientists accidentally bred a bizarre hybrid of two endangered fish · baby TikTok witches are apparently trying to hex the Moon · Kantye BeGone West broke down in tears during a rambling presidential campaign rally in South Carolina · AMD announces the Ryzen 4000G series Renoir APUs for pre-built OEM desktops; claims a slam dunk when compared with Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake · Geelong’s scientists tested Oxford University vaccine on ferrets · "I just wish her well," says DoNuts SloNuts NoNuts T.®ump of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested earlier this month & charged with facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sexual exploitation & abuse of minor girls.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Squirrel in Colorado tests positive for the bubonic plague · US executes convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee, the first federal execution in almost two decades · Andean condor soared for 161 km without flapping its wings · Ghost of Tsushima review: "a worthy swan song for the PS4" · DoNuts SoNuts T®ump spent Tuesday afternoon rambling at length about a series of unrelated topics after convening an event in the Rose Garden meant to announce new actions on China · scientists suggest the moon is millions of years younger than we thought · dancing with elephants: regionalism is the new globalism for New Zealand · will we all get COVID-19 eventually?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me a red face
mask with a
White House decal
over the mouth
area. Inside was a
label: hand-made
by Ivanka Trump
from one of Our
Beloved Leader's
. Delicately em-
broidered around the
bottom border: Pro-
duct of Bangladesh

Sunday, July 19, 2020

recently at Series Magritte

The Famine

We turn into clowns &
start by fighting over who
has the right to eat Ensor's
Skeletons fighting over a
smoked herring
. Eventually
that's gone, torn into little
pieces; but the intake doesn't
stay the hunger so we turn

upon each other. Now I'm
the last one left, & what is
left of me, I realize, is all the
food remaining. Where should
I start? I take off what's left of
my clown clothes. Naked-
ness is the proper dress for
facing existential questions.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

wednesday newstrip

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti & RTX 3070 specs detailed – Ampere GA104 GPUs for the $400-$500 gaming segment, 8 GB memory & up to 3072 cores · scientists discover extremely tiny dinosaur ancestor in Madagascar · Madonna, 61, goes TOPLESS while leaning on a crutch as she bares all in VERY racy mirror selfie nearly four months after knee injury · DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump Jr's girlfriend tested positive for COVID-19 · the most powerful gamma ray burst just corroborated general relativity once again · Russia's Progress MS-13 cargo spaceship that undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) got out of orbit & collapsed in the atmosphere, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said · Brazilian President Pairof Ballsinabarrow tested positive for COVID-19 as he rolled back mask-wearing measures.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Monstrous black gap located devouring about 1 solar each & every working day · did you celebrate the 4th of July with video gaming’s finest fireworks? · " We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert" claims the p(r)issygent · US governors retract virus reopening plans · a 'viral' new bird song in Canada is causing sparrows to change their tune · Erawondoo Hill in Western Australia is added to the National Heritage List to protect its zircon crystals, the oldest minerals on Earth · as US coronavirus cases soar, DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump says economy is 'roaring back.'

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Recently, from Luna Bisonte Prods

Mark Young
Luna Bisonte Prods.
ISBN: 9781938521638
100 pages
Can be bought from Lulu here

This masterful poetry extinguishes those artificial lines that distinguish a moment from a century. It is all here and available to us, Mark Young shows. “A late/afternoon/point of co-/incidence // this bench/in the/Botanical Gardens/shared/with Desnos/& Diogenes” reminds us nature crafts consciousness right back at us. “Black cockatoos . . .small white flowers.” This against the beautiful political purity of stating the truth in “damp trumpets.”
Where are the
shouted out. You
promised you'd
drain the swamp
so I'd be able
to see the submarines
that were lying
on the bottom.
Things come together from a distance above, revealing equally how far they are apart. Mark Young’s keen eye disturbs predictability. He knows from many angles refutation and commingling. Pachelbel’s Canon and mismatched feelings between a man and a woman.
—Sheila E. Murphy

Friday, July 03, 2020

Recently, on Series Magritte

Green Night

The crossbones have melted
in the moonlight, now look
like sad dumbbells, as does

the crew of the ship beneath
the flagging standard. It's all
very jolly being rogered, but

more than a bit embarrassing
when you're in port, & some-
one has left the curtains open.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Giant wombat-like marsupials roamed Australia 25 million years ago · Kanye West’s new Yeezy Foam Runners ridiculed · 2020 Audi RS6 Avant drag races Porsche 911 Turbo S, quattro gets annihilated · The Princess Bride gets gender-swapped lockdown remake with Taika Waititi · scientists just beginning to understand the many health problems caused by COVID-19 · Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch · new maps reveal the lost continent of Zealandia in amazing detail · police forces across Britain are cracking down on lockdown parties & illegal raves · physicists observe flare with the light of a trillion suns as black holes merge in distant galaxy.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me a conniption
fit. Called that be-
cause it makes you
angry when you put
the jacket on & it's
too tight across
the shoulders.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Extremely sensitive dark matter experiment detects something weird · The Bold and the Beautiful will use blow-up dolls to safely resume filming sex scenes · footprints reveal giant carnivorous dinosaurs the length of a bus wandered Australia · Mercedes-AMG's Formula 1 e-Turbo technology to be used in road cars · Quantum-inspired approach dramatically lowers light power needed for optical coherence tomography · “They’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine,” DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump said during a press conference on police reform, referring to scientists · giant 330kg squid washes ashore in South Africa.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

wednesday newstrip

DoNuts alSoNuts T.®ump Jr. was allocated $110,000 of US taxpayer money for Secret Service protection to visit Mongolia & spend eight days there to hunt a breed of rare & endangered sheep, new documents reveal · guy whose photo broke android phones just wanted to capture a beautiful sunset · exotic fifth state of matter made on the International Space Station · probiotic bacteria could save coral reefs · people who felt more threatened by COVID-19 & ranked high on scales of emotionality & conscientiousness were most likely to hoard toilet paper when the coronavirus shutdowns began in March · Walmart will no longer keep beauty products for people of color in locked cabinets after it & other United States retailers were accused of racial discrimination over the practice · Facebook cited 'nudity' as the reason it removed picture of Aboriginal men in chains from post refuting Australian Prim Minister's comment that there had never been slavery in Australia · DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump authorizes sanctions against ICC staff investigating possible US war crimes in Afghanistan.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me the shot
heard round the
world. I was a-
sleep at the time,
& missed it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Don’t panic: huge, headline-grabbing asteroid has no chance of hitting us anytime soon · the DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump campaign removed a 'make space great again' video ad after former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg called it 'political propaganda' for using images of her family · Bungie buffs drop rates for these sought-after raid Exotics · the P®issygent sees no constraint on his authority to use what he calls the "unlimited power" of the military even against US citizens if he believes it necessary · Greeks enjoy the 'strawberry moon' with a special eclipse · Forrest Fenn confirms $1m treasure chest found in Rocky Mountains after decade-long hunt · Now for Mars says SoNuts.

Friday, June 05, 2020

No prelo

Afagando a Face de Lorca. Uma Antologia
Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho

Selecção e tradução de Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho

Prefácio de Manuel Portela

Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho antologia 22 poetas contemporâneos (da Ucrânia à China). É um exercício que nos dá a ver em português as diferentes vozes dos poetas antologiados mas igualmente a própria voz do poeta-tradutor: Craveiro de Carvalho tem-se dedicado nos últimos anos, a par da sua produção poética, a oferecer-nos versões de grande parte dos poetas agora reunidos sob o título Afagando a Face de Lorca (paráfrase de um verso do neozelandês Mark Young).

Manuel Portela, no seu poema-prefácio: «(…) uma tradução / é uma escrita em segundo / grau. é preciso tomar / nas mãos o peso do texto / na fonte, sentir nos ouvidos / e na boca a sua delicada / superfície verbal, reconhecer-lhe / o tom – irónico, melancólico, / sarcástico, indignado, resignado, / inquieto, feliz. é preciso ainda, / nessa transferência, tocar-lhe / a textura assimétrica de arestas / angulosas, ressonâncias / evocativas, cadências / paratácticas, imagens / dolorosas, elipses / ambíguas, frases / quebradas. é preciso vê-las / deambular, atrair-se e / repelir-se, constelar-se e / cristalizar-se. é preciso / afagar as formas, coá-las / no filtro das línguas (…).»

Os poetas antologiados: Adam Zagajewski (1945, Lviv, Ucrânia), Amalia Bautista (1962, Madrid, Espanha), Aram Saroyan (1943, Nova Iorque, EUA), Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (1947, Lahore, Paquistão), Billy Collins (1941, Nova Iorque, EUA), Charles Simic (1938, Belgrado, Jugoslávia), David Lehman (1948, Nova Iorque, EUA), Eunice de Souza (1940, Pune, Índia. Faleceu em 2017), Howie Good (1951, Nova Iorque, EUA), J. R. Solonche (1946, Nova Iorque, EUA), Jane Hirshfield (1953, Nova Iorque. EUA), Jennifer Clement (1960, Greenwich, Connecticut, EUA), José Luis García Martín (1950, Aldeanueva del Camino, Cáceres, Espanha), Luis Alberto de Cuenca (1950, Madrid, Espanha), Mark Young (1941, Hokitika, Nova Zelândia), Michael Dylan Welch (1962, Watford, Inglaterra), Nathalie Handal (1969, Haiti), Neil Curry (1937, Newcastle on Tyne, Inglaterra), Owen Bullock (1967, Cornualha, Inglaterra), Pat Boran (1963, Portlaoise, Irlanda), Roger Wolfe (1962, Westerham, Kent, Inglaterra), Steve Klepetar (1949, Xangai, China).

Poemas originais (em inglês e castelhano) e em português.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

wednesday newstrip

The p(r)issygent completely cuts ties with the World Health Organization after pulling funding · Now for Mars, he vows · "deeply troubled" traditional owners in the western Pilbara have had their worst fears confirmed after Rio Tinto detonated explosives near culturally significant sites dating back more than 46,000 years · Now for Mars, vows T.®ump · backwards compatibility will cover all PS2, PS3, & PS4 games according to Turkish retailer · Coronavirus updates: worldwide infections nears 6 million · DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump backpedals on 'shooting' threat to rioters, which broke Twitter rules · SpaceX’s Starship prototype explodes in fourth failed test · Now for Mars vows the precedent, clutching a bible.