STUDY (& Other Poems on Art) by Yuko Otomo — review by Mark McCawley

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STUDY (& Other Poems on Art)

by Yuko Otomo

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
STUDY by Yuko OtomoSTUDY (& Other Poems on Art)
by Yuko Otomo (Author)
Ugly Duckling Presse (15 Nov 2013)
ISBN-10: 193702718X
ISBN-13: 978-1937027186
$18.00 US pbk | $18.00 CAN pbk | £15.72 UK pbk
288 pages, 5″ x 8″, Poetry

 
 
“tight-roping on memory & myth
I am an acrobat
who never learns how to make a balance
 
“Apollinaire!”
 
this will be my first scream
if I ever fall
 
“Apollinaire!”
 
this will be my last scream
if I ever fly away”

 
~Yuko Otomo, “Cornell Box #1 Untitled (Hotel Des Voyageurs), p.71 Read more

Urban Graffiti Mix #19

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An “in-your-face” R-rated avant-garde audio response to the increasingly fictive, overly-commodified, G-rated Disneyfication of contemporary fiction, poetry, music and spoken word. Old and new connect where Temporary Autonomous Zones cross and individual creativity bursts through. Wickedly naughty, angry, boisterous, tempestuous. A stiff middle finger to the status quo tendency towards insularity, as well as intellectual and creative censure of socially and culturally uncomfortable subject matter. A celebration of vibrantly transgressive independent musicians, poets, and writers.
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Anarchy for a Rainy Day by Valery Oisteanu — review by Ilka Scobie

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Anarchy for a Rainy Day

by Valery Oisteanu

 

review by Ilka Scobie

 
 
Anarchy for a Rainy DayAnarchy for a Rainy Day
by Valery Oisteanu (Author)
Spuyten Duyvil (29 Jul 2015)
ISBN-10: 194155055X
ISBN-13: 978-1941550557
$15.00 US pbk | $20.27 CDN pbk | £9.65 UK pbk
104 pages, 5″ x 8″, Poetry

 
 
Avant-gardist, art critic, hedonist, World traveler, Valery Oisteanu’s Anarchy for a Rainy Day is a poetic celebration of bohemian life. The reader joins the poet as he journeys through Europe, Nepal, South America, consorts with sex workers, activists, memorializes artists, and enjoys a long, loving and lustful marriage to his muse.
Some of these poems seduce with their sly wit and wordplay.
 
“So please advise before it’s too late/How can I gauge my mental state? Also imperative that I can self medicate/” from “Letter to My Shrink”. Addressed to Sigmund Freud, who Oisteanu beautifully played in an off Broadway play, the poem resounds with a charming and urbane urgency. Read more

The Mechanics & Mystery of Top 40 Lists by bart plantenga

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“The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.”  • Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

bart plantenga 

On daily to-do list: add ‘hypotyposis’ [vivid picturesque description] to long vocabulary list.

1bart1I started following Top 40 lists on pop radio stations when I was 8. Some are fascinated by the patterns we see in the stars, some in why autumn leaves turn brown, why love affairs go sour, why males are driven crazy by women’s breasts and why some bet on football games or collect Barbies in their original packaging, I was interested in the order of pop music.

I kept my own lists, ear flush to my red transistor, listening to ABC-AM or the WMCA “Good Guys” waiting for the announcement of the next song, scribbling it down in it’s position in the Top 40 on a lined page with a flashlight propped up on my pillow. I stole 9v batteries from the Acme Super Market to keep the radio going late into the night as if turning it off might mean missing a secret message from the ether about my place in the universe or a mantra that will lead to a level of nirvana accorded only the nerdy among us.

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Wordslabs by Randee Silv

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Wordslabs

by Randee Silv

 
 

"A Slow Follow", Copyright © Randee Silv, 2016

“A Slow Follow”, Copyright © Randee Silv, 2016

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