Urban Graffiti Mixes

Urban Graffiti Mix #9

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Vision and memory. Experience and imagination. Secrets. Confessions. Regrets. Identity. Introspection. Insurgency of the self. All insistent elements of those artists, musicians, writers, poets who live and create on the edge, always pushing at boundaries personal and creative. Speaking of things too long left unspoken: where secrets transform into taboos. Same sex love. Alcoholism. Violence. Incest. Abortion. Desires. Obsessions. The fertile ground of the outsider artist, the underground writer, brave and courageous enough to mine the dark, deep wells of the self, society, culture and return with beautiful, sometimes terrible glimpses of what is there. The stories we tell. The stories we are. Our narratives.

Note: the editor wishes to thank Dennis E. Bolen for his permission to stream his poems “Everybody”, “Mr. Rage”, and “Song of the Chain”. Thanks also to Catherine Owen of Above & Beyond Productions for permission to stream “Villanelle” and “The Music Ruins”, both from Catherine Owen’s Trobairitz, performed by the Lyrical Outlaws. Thanks also to Owen for permission to stream “Cassandra of the Black Arts” by Medea, a collaboration between Owen and the late Chris Matzigkeit. Special thanks to Joe Rosenblatt whose poem, “Snake Poem” was recorded and mixed on August 26, 2012, by Catherine Owen at Above & Beyond Productions.

Urban Graffiti Mix #8

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As long as I have been a writer and micro-publisher, I have noted a disconnection at the heart of CanLit. A disconnection between what was being written by the graduates of Canada’s creative writing programs, and published and consumed culturally by Canadians, and the gritty truth of Canada’s real life authentic experiences (as I knew them) and what passed for them in the majority of CanLit fiction and poetry. What I found seemed mired in various forms of deconstruction, while I constantly sought the authentic and the visceral and the transgressive in human experience in fiction and poetry which was peculiar by it’s absence. Not a complete absence, mind you. Yet enough to direct a generation of writers and poets away from relating the authentic, the visceral, and the transgressive in their fiction and poetry. To choose to write along such lines meant virtual isolation. All one need do is scan Canlit’s award winners to identify this disconnect. You’d think we were back in the 50s.

Urban Graffiti Mix #7

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In the age of celebrity for its own sake, the commodification of literature and the arts as entertainment has produced a sort of consensus artist, one who doesn’t create anything original or unique, but first determines what kind of art is going to be socially, culturally, and financially acceptable — then creates it. Is it really any wonder most of what gets created has the flavor and texture of pablum? Against such a background it takes a truly brave writer/poet/artist to pull back the fabric of their own lives, introspect, and by doing so, return with insights into the contemporary urban psyche and soul. It’s these very writers and poets I seek out when I compile these Urban Graffiti Mixes. It takes guts not to be some consensus artist. It takes guts to follow the beat of one’s own drummer, especially when the mediocre are so often lauded and applauded. And as a late friend once said, “It takes guts to know a little happiness and not make a poem out of it…”

Urban Graffiti Mix #6

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A massive mix, focusing heavily on themes and subject matter so often so severely lacking in Canadian literature. Indeed, a condemnation on the current state and status of Canlit: it’s writers, publishers, and critics. A mix that reveals the full extent of what is creatively possible to the transgressive, urban post-realist writer. Truly, truly exceptional works.

Transgressive, discursive, tracks concerned with the struggles of hard edged urban living, alternative lifestyles, deviant culture – presented in their most raw and unpretentious form: music, fiction, poetry, monologues. We are the stories we tell. Yet another avenue for risky, dangerous writing: off the page. For far too long, and far too often literary recitals have been a literary crap shoot, depending on the preparedness and the oratory skills of the reader. At last, the technology has reached the level where individual authors, poets, and fiction writers can produce their own audio works to promote their printed counterparts. As editor, I welcome any and all such audio works for inclusion in the ongoing series of Urban Graffiti Mixes.

Urban Graffiti Mix #5

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Transgressive, discursive, tracks concerned with the struggles of hard edged urban living, alternative lifestyles, deviant culture – presented in their most raw and unpretentious form: music, fiction, poetry, monologues. We are the stories we tell. Yet another avenue for risky, dangerous writing: off the page. For far too long, and far too often literary recitals have been a literary crap shoot, depending on the preparedness and the oratory skills of the reader. At last, the technology has reached the level where individual authors, poets, and fiction writers can produce their own audio works to promote their printed counterparts. As editor, I welcome any and all such audio works for inclusion in the ongoing series of Urban Graffiti Mixes.

The editor generously thanks bart plantenga for his contribution of several rare, hard to find tracks in this mix.