Wednesday, February 26, 2020

wednesday newstrip

The Diamond Princess cruise ship is, according to the promo material, "a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered" · scientists just watched a newfound asteroid zoom by Earth: then they saw its moon · the Antarctic has reached a temperature of more than 20 degrees for the first time · human rights groups call on Australian Pram Minister Scat SorrySon to confront DoNuts T.®ump over landmines · Galaxy S20 Ultra's 5,000mAh battery charges in 58min with the 45W charger · at least 6 celebrities are showing off new face tattoos which include a sneaker & bloody buzz saw · Boy Scouts of America file for bankruptcy amid sex abuse cases · astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search, say they'll start their quest with Earth.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

my new collection

turning to drones
Concrete Mist Press
available through Amazon

These compelling poems exhibit, through their concise and wide-ranging vocabulary, forms, and referents, an extraordinary skill at revealing directly and/or indirectly a strong and authentic engagement with the human world and its problems, and with how those problems reverberate in the consciousness and emotions of the poet/experiencer. There is a concern throughout, laced with considerable irony, with the conflict or contrast between current affairs and culture and a more coherent or more desirable value-based world which may have existed in the distant or more recent past, or at least in the hopes of our species: “Something about a conflation of / music & power, both of which can / be seen as a series of 'lines' on / photographic film. The literature / on the subject is immense, usually / in high quality peer-reviewed full- / text publications, & embellished / with consumer reviews & price com- / parisons...” A kind of double vision forms many of these poems, expressed tautologically at times, as if the same thing said twice were different each time: “I am writing the / introduction to a / book of dreams. This / is the first dream.” This leads to a truly engaging enigma or ambiguity in which a meaning means something else: “...tendency of parents to give / projects based around lexical statistics / means dictionaries will pop up before / you're even halfway into the entry / vestibule.” This, I believe, is the most important function of poetry, to remove that membrane of social constructs that form our perceptions of “reality”.

Young's skill with language and form is in itself a source of delight in this book. For example, his forms include sonnets, non-stanzaic structures, structures with widely variant stanza arrangements, a poem with the title at the end, a poem consisting only of questions, poems in the form of an ambiguous and elliptical internet exchange, the use of punctuation as visual elements, blocks of apparently disconnected words as a mantra, prose poems, and others. In short this book is a delight, full of humor, irony, dismay, mysterious and stimulating conjunctions of the things that form human life. — Dr. John M. Bennett

In his new collection, turning to drones, as in his numerous other books, Mark Young uses language, especially, English and French, as raw material and flexible elements for associative and collage compositions that are often challenging to decode—if decoding is desirable, necessary, or intended at all. Young, who has produced at least one collector's item, the vispo book, les échiquiers effrontés (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018), provides his readers with no easy answers, sharing his perceptions of real or imagined events, spaces, beings, and experiences—fractured by disparate interests and historical narratives having social, political, and personal import. One can always count on this author's work to deliver imagery, innovative form, humor, and “language play,” while, at the same time, refusing to offer easy answers and determinant significance. Like all Postmodern creations, meaning remains in the mind of the reader, and Young's surrealist influences infuse his oeuvre with “interpretive power”—inquiries, complex juxtapositions, spliced elements, dream analysis, and other psychological effects. If you appreciate or are curious about, innovative literature, turning to drones will reward you with the above-mentioned pleasures and will highlight, as well, the author's penchant for creating short poems and stand-alone titles—one-line poetic fragments with their own aesthetic qualities. Mark Young is among the most notable contemporary text and vispo artists whose new offering will enrich your sensory and intellectual life.
— Clara B. Jones, Knowledge Worker, Silver Spring, MD, USA

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Australian bushfires a sign that asteroid 'will destroy Earth in 10 years' · scientists find evidence of 'ghost population' of ancient humans · South American turtle was as big as a car & built for battle · recording 8K video with a Galaxy S20 will take a toll on storage, but not as much as you think · a West Australian primary school has been branded “un-Australian” over its “offensive” decision to ban cupcakes & lolly bags for birthdays, with the backlash forcing it to put the decree on hold · Homophobic Affairs Minister Putrid Dustbin says a High Court ruling that Aboriginal Australians cannot be considered "aliens" under the constitution will be exploited & have "significant repercussions" · the T.®ump maladministration has offered oil companies a chunk of the American west & the Gulf of Mexico to extract fossil fuels that’s four times the size of California.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Two recent sonnets from Series Magritte


The dance floor is con-
fined by mountains of
ice. The ice is also on the
dance floor but is not
for dancing on, though
some have tried. Have
failed. So badly that
they need to call upon

another of their other
selves who also have
come crashing down. A
lesson learnt. Not even
the fanciest mustache can
improve one's balance.

L'esprit comique

Unable to see out, & sick
of being adorned with
flowers or vines or those
ugly plaques made from
clay that have the faces of
Roman gods embossed
upon them, the trellis has
decided to escape. Donned

disguise & cut it to shape.
Certainly ends up making
it a figure of fun; but it's
fine to breathe through, &
light enough to stride easily
over miles of countryside.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Ocarina Of Time speedruns are now under ten minutes because reality is a lie made to be broken · Low-energy solar particles from beyond Earth found near the Sun: particles are smoking gun for solar wind interactions beyond Earth's orbit · Harvey Weinstein accuser testifies disgraced mogul asked for ‘golden shower’ before urinating on her in ‘gross’ 2013 encounter · DoNuts T.®ump did a zillion tweets today & each one is terrible · more than 90 per cent of drug-fueled attacks at Australian hospitals involve ice · hundreds of koalas brutally massacred during routine logging in Victoria, says Animals Australia · El Chapo's wife to appear on VH! reality show 'Cartel Crew.'

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

wednesday newstrip

A section of DoNuts T.®ump’s much-vaunted border wall between the United States & Mexico has blown over in high winds · your emoji selection will become more gender-inclusive this year & will also introduce new skintone options & the transgender flag · scientists create cyborg jellyfish with swimming superpowers · Asteroid MISS: an asteroid bigger than a bus just shot past Earth as far as the Moon · Apex Legends writer drops clues about Forge's 'death' ahead of Season 4 · the water under a vulnerable Antarctic glacier is warming. Its catastrophic collapse could trigger a dramatic increase in global sea level.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Issue 56 of Otoliths is now live

Issue fifty-six, the southern summer, 2020 issue of Otoliths, is now available online. It is dedicated to poet & editor Reuben Woolley who passed away in early December.

As always, there is a wide-ranging variety of work, across many forms, from Judith Skillman, Stephen Paul Miller, Hao Wang, Sanjeev Sethi, Texas Fontanella, John M. Bennett, Grace Coughlin, Kek-w, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Hugh Tribbey, Scott Helmes, John Crouse, Jim Leftwich, Kristian Radford, Michael Rothenberg, Kirk Marshall, Daniel de Culla, Doug Bolling, Brandstifter, Lynn Strongin, Jim George, J. D. Nelson, Mary Kasimor, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, Clara B. Jones, Pete Spence, Stacey Allam, Márton Koppány, Andrew Topel, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Michael J Leach, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Jim McCrary, Karen Greenbaum-maya, Karl Kempton, Guy R. Beining, Pat Nolan, Olivier Schopfer, C. Mehrl Bennett, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Tom Montag, Elaine Woo, Mark DuCharme, Serse Luigetti, Jim Meirose, Eric Hoffman, Jeff Harrison, Joe Balaz, Volodymyr Bilyk, Valeria Sangiorgi, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Kristin Garth, Seth A. Howard, hiromi suzuki, Stephen C. Middleton, Elmedin Kadric, John C. Goodman, Tom Beckett, Alexander Jorgensen, Olchar Lindsann, Michael Ruby, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Jack Galmitz, Christian ALLE, Bill Friend, Jeff Bagato, Penelope Weiss, Kristian Patruno, Sheila E. Murphy, Marco Giovenale, M.J. Iuppa, Heath Brougher, Wes Lee, Craig Cotter, Timothy Pilgrim, John Levy, gobscure, Eileen R. Tabios, Dave Read, Mark Cunningham, Carol Stetser, Tony Beyer, Frances Lang, Christopher Barnes, Casey Bush, Joanna Walkden Harris, Keith Nunes, AG Davis, Stephen Nelson, David Kjellin, Randee Silv, Amy Barone, Jonel Abellanosa, Henry Crawford, J.I. Kleinberg, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Stuart Wheatley, CJ Peradilla, Alberto Vitacchio, Michael O'Brien, R L Swihart, Carla Bertola, Ken Bolton, John C. Mannone, Bob Heman, Philip Rowland, Marcia Arrieta, Alison J. Barton, Connie S. Tettenborn, Marilyn Stablein, Katrinka Moore, Phillipa Grylls, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Jasmine Gallagher, Cecelia Chapman, Scott MacLeod, Michael Brandonisio, Kathleen Rabbers, Edward Kulemin, & Steve Dalachinsky.

(There's actually a marquee piece in the blue box above, but my freeware screen capture software can't grab hold of it, just the background.)