Playing Chicken With Thanatos by Dire McCain — review by Mark McCawley

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Playing Chicken With Thanatos

by Dire McCain

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

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by Dire McCain
Apophenia, 2013
ISBN 978-0615903156
US $14.40 | CDN $17.02 | Paperback
8.5×5.5 inches, 346pp

 

Playing Chicken With Thanatos is Dire McCain’s coming-of-age tale chronicling her adolescent descent into drug addiction and the Southern California drug world of the 1980s and 1990s populated by drug dealers, gang members, skinheads, rockers, yuppies, jocks, Ephebophiles (adult sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescent girls, generally 14–16 years old), Pedophiles (sexual interest in minors below the legal age of consent) and other predators.

Playing Chicken With Thanatos is aptly structured into three parts, named after rivers running through Hades — Acheron (woe), Phelegethon (fire) and Lethe (oblivion). Beginning with her own mother’s undiagnosed mental illness and subsequent suicide attempts, followed by her parent’s divorce, added to that the attempted molestation at age 12 by a best friend’s drunk father (along with Dire’s natural adolescent rebelliousness) sowed the seeds of her eventual fall into addiction.
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Recreating the President’s Brain from Zapruder’s Home Movie by Philip Quinn

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Recreating the President’s Brain

from Zapruder’s Home Movie

 

by

 

Philip Quinn

 

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from Love’s field,

                       all roads lead to complete synaptic breakdown
 
at Main and Houston, sharp 90 degree turn for the worse

             one block north along Houston to Elm Street

 

the cheering crowds
traces of love, traces of American actor fallout
Hiroshima, “Ask not…”
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bart plantenga — in conversation with John Wisniewski and Mark McCawley

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bart plantenga

in conversation with

John Wisniewski

and Mark McCawley

 
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John Wisniewski: When did you begin writing, bart? When did you publish your first writings?

bart plantenga: On any conscious level? It was probably in high school. A kind of prosaic awakening. First in 9th grade, for an assignment where we had to “travel” through South America and keep a diary I did one – times 10. Mine was over 100 pages long, about 3x longer than anyone else’s – I didn’t know I liked writing about places I had [never] been to. I wouldn’t know for another 2 years that that could be a talent – and what I’ve come to realize many years later an extremely underpaid talent at that.

For instance: Did you ever get into a discussion with friends or coworkers about being underpaid, earning a shit wage and such. Well, I have only done this once or twice: tried to estimate how much per hour I earned for an article or book I was paid for. You don’t want to know. THEY don’t want to know. It is like 10 American cents per hour. You point that out and nobody wants to hear it or believe.
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Mary — a film by Yarre Stooker

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Mary

a film by

Yarre Stooker

 
 

 
 

“Eddie Woods writes poetry the way he lives life, intensely. Experience informs his art, and vice versa. Passion, raw edges, nothing left out. Sex, love, politics…coupled with an unrelenting drive towards awareness, the need to understand what universal reality is all about. His poem “Mary” enters the listener’s ears like a wordbomb, exploding inside the mind, and reverberates down the spine like electroshocks from the brain’s pleasure centre.”

— Mark McCawley (from Mary by Eddie Woods, Urban Graffiti, March 8, 2012)

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Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune — review by Mark McCawley

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Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel

by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel
by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune
Lady Lazarus-Press, 2013
ISBN 978-1484853412
Kindle Edition|$4.53|Paperback|$18.90
8.5 x 5.5 inches, 140 pages

 

“My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me,
Tell me where did you sleep last night?”

—”Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, Nirvana’s 1994 cover of Huddie Ledbetter, a.k.a. Lead Belly’s 1944 reinterpretation. Original artist unknown.

 

“A novel in verse, a poetic story told by two strong female voices presented in short bursts of verse in a back and forth, call and response type style. The poems feed of each other’s imagery, running the gamut from the simple unadorned line to hallucinatory, dreamlike passages and back. The real and virtual become entwined in dreamlike states where fantasy and reality become indistinguishable. Violently erotic imagery born of raw emotion, sex and drugs, pain and ecstasy, addiction to chemicals both natural and manufactured. Vivid images of damnation and salvation, death and rebirth. At once intimate and angry, fantastic and visceral. A lush, sordid tale of lies and mindfucks, and somewhere, maybe love…”

(from ‘Introduction by William Taylor Jr’, Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune, p.7)

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