Friday, November 27, 2015

Le Rendez-Vous

Smallish mongoose; pointed
face; solitary, in pairs or small
groups. Slightly diminishing
the polar distance. The history
teacher lectured us every day,
did not sacrifice the quality
of her scorn for speed, her words
at first awakened horror but
continued abuse became mere
recitation. Something about a
dead horse, diurnal floggings.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

COLDFRONT magazine

has just started publishing a series, curated by Nico Vassilakis, entitled Singular Vispo: First Encounters, in which a number of poets were asked if there was an experience, a specific interaction with visual poetry that "infected your brain, made you see language differently or drew you toward exploring vispo further? Is there a vispoem that captured your imagination. What piece first awakened in you the possibility of a visual alphabet/language alternative"? That was the general question posed & the first two sets of results can be found here.

Nico notes that though this query is overly reductive, the poets were kind enough to choose, for the most part, a singular vispoem as example of this phenomenon. The over forty posts will be rolled out in groups of five each.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

wednesday newstrip

A giant explosive belt stretching for one kilometer & covered in millions of arachnids has appeared overnight in a small Memphis, Tennessee suburb ∙ the British army is to be restructured to create two “strike brigades” of 5,000 soldiers who can be deployed immediately to fight the plague of rats that an environmental group warns could descend on New Zealand next year ∙ Pram Minister Malformed Turnip-Ball seemed genuinely shocked today hearing through a jet lag haze of an explosion which damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead ∙ in a crash that released a swarm of angry bees, a man has died after a truck carrying beehives appeared to have collided with the back of a logging truck travelling slowly in thick fog, police said.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the baths @ cyrene

Monday, November 23, 2015

Inside the Hotel Mal de Mer

de Chirico often wears
a lovely little white

top, perfect for summer
days, or for his regular

travels to the school
for mannequins he

established in Melbourne
more than 50 years ago.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Saturday, November 21, 2015

A / list poem / of poem titles

Get / great savings / on your reservation
a thin collagenous investment
long walks at the beach

A return to a hunter-gatherer society
Featuring women dancing
the shape of the cell tail

ceramic beads
putting the thrills in no-frills
a note from an anonymous university chaplain

Six degrees of continuous disclosure
Completing the sequence
Avoid lifting the boat

Friday, November 20, 2015

she reads clocks in longhand

She did everything she could
to deny the truth, likened it
to learning cursive. Then

other things aligned, & she
accepted her son was destined
to become her daughter.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

D Minor

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

wednesday newstrip

Global stocks of baby formula are set for a short-term sell-off after Islamist militants launched co-ordinated attacks across Paris ∙ three key pieces of evidence are driving an international investigation into Prince Charles' brief encounter with WA's happy quokka during a visit to Kings Park on Sunday ∙ a 6-month-old boy & a 4-year-old boy arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit that has taken on new urgency after the attacks in Paris ∙ Lady Diana Spencer had to be snuck out of Australia in 1981 ahead of the decision by the ACT planning authority to approve what will be the territory's second highest residential tower ∙ Minister for I'm migrating Pedal Dustbin has expressed outrage after I'm migrating Minister Pedal Dustbin rejected calls to close Australia's borders to refugees in response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

geographies: Tumbes, Peru

                           Spurred on by his
                      beautiful companion Elvira,
              Pizarro has bitten the home
                         decorating bullet, has put
                     a hot dog alongside that
                             beautiful Spanish mirror
                   over the fireplace & believes
                         it will make the place 
                                look simply gorgeous. & 
                             this is just a curtain raiser, 
                         a small taste of what is to come.

Monday, November 16, 2015

reciprocity—a detail

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Mais où sont
les vol-au-vents

Saturday, November 14, 2015

geographies: Turkmenistan

Friday, November 13, 2015

A line from Florence Nightingale

Can I change the existing
phrases or add in my own?
(Put lipstick on a pig, it's still
a pig.) Running a business

offering domain names can
be challenging. One's feelings
waste themselves. Value add.
Keep American soldiers away.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

wednesday newstrip

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the leak of sensitive Vatican documents as a deplorable crime but said that in East Antarctica & the interior of West Antarctica, there were gains in ice that offset any losses ∙ Israeli prime minister Netanyahu appears to have done an about-face & is now seeking public support for becoming the next Bachelor star on TV3 ∙ a gene in an ancient Australian native tobacco plant has hit back at widespread claims it gouges passengers with the surcharges it levies on fares paid by credit & debit card ∙ your smartphone is about to head to Antarctic waters to target illegal fishing of Patagonian toothfish ∙ a 73-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was thrown from a horse-drawn app today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today the
postman brought
me one of those
so-called smart
bombs. Don't
know why they
call them that. I
asked this one a
couple of simple
questions & it
couldn't answer
either of them.

Monday, November 09, 2015

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Sunday, November 08, 2015


Saturday, November 07, 2015

complicated transactions involving middlemen

                                      How many schools have
                        their own Crash Test
                                 facility with a deep voice,
                                           & big eyes & mouth? The
                              potential is horrendous, but
                     wearing a sexy Red Riding
                                       Hood costume on the school
                                fun run has nothing to do with
                         the education of the students.

Friday, November 06, 2015

atoll erode

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

wednesday newstrip

Butchers expect only a short-term reaction to the 'vague' report that a man with a meat cleaver was mounting a siege in Melbourne ∙ former Prom Minister Toe Knee Ass-Bit has warned a gathering of British conservatives in London that the imperative to "love your neighbor as you love yourself" is leading Europe into "catastrophic error" with regard to refugees ∙ a videographer has captured some dramatic footage of a killer whale kicking the new Apple iPhone 6S & 6S Plus 80 feet into the air off the coast of British Columbia ∙ the World Health Organization has thrown everyone into a panic by releasing a report categorizing the arrest of a student who refused to leave her high school maths class as a cancer-causing agent ∙ a Waikato family has used hormones to deliberately stunt the growth of their disabled daughter & keep her child-sized forever ∙ increasingly warfare is waged in cities with blithe disregard of international obligations to protect life — & there are no repercussions.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Otoliths issue thirty-nine is live

Issue thirty-nine, the southern spring issue of Otoliths has just gone live.

As always, it's a cornucopia of delights, with work from Pete Spence, Annette Plasencia, Shataw Naseri, Philip Byron Oakes, horace p sternwall, Kyle Hemmings, GS Smith, j4, fátima queiroz, Raymond Farr, Angelos Sakkis, John Lowther, Texas Fontanella, Mark Pirie, a. j. carruthers, Jack Galmitz, Marco Giovenale, Michael Aird, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Dale Wisely, Olivier Schopfer, Anne Gorrick, Mike Gullickson, Simina Banu, Rob Cook, Andrew Topel, Michael De Rosa, Judith Roitman, Peter Ganick, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Eileen R. Tabios, Steve Dalachinsky, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett, Volomydyr Bilyk, Lakey Comess, Seth Howard, Nicolas Grenier, Christopher Barnes, Laurent Grison, Brendan Slater, Charles Wilkinson, John Vieira, Richard Kostelanetz, Howie Good, Pearl Pirie, Willie Smith, C.S. Fuqua, Márton Koppány, Sandy McIntosh, Charles Freeland, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Alexandre Pierrepont, Cecelia Chapman, Simon Perchik, Scott Keeney, Anneke Baeten, Branko Gulin, Martin Burke, Bill DiMichele, Bobbi Lurie, Felino A. Soriano, Karl Kempton, Michael Rothenberg, Jeff Harrison, Marcia Arrieta, Natsuko Hirata, Sanjeev Sethi, Robyn Art, Jesse Glass, Vaughan Rapatahana, Marilyn Stablein, Caleb Puckett, Shloka Shankar, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, hiromi suzuki, Katrinka Moore, Mark Staniforth, John Pursch, Mark Russell, sean burn, Bob Heman, Joe Balaz, Robert Lee Brewer, Stephen Nelson, PT Davidson, Tony Beyer, Jake Goetz, J. D. Nelson, Tom Brami, Michael D. Goscinski, John Hand, Edward Kulemin, Jill Jones, & Gian Luigi Braggio.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Thursday, October 29, 2015


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

wednesday newstrip

The mother of Australian surfer Mick Fanning says she is "very upset" about a KFC advertisement that parodies her son's famed encounter with a shark, with legal action being taken over the campaign ∙ godless Left gets clear run as media mocks Christian Right, in particular former prom minister Toe Knee Ass-Bit, claims dumped minister P.Rick Aids&abets ∙ pop superstar Robbie Williams has been left red-faced after accidentally telling a sexy secretary joke to a 15-year-old girl on stage in Brisbane ∙ a world-first review of hundreds of studies on ecological change in the world's oceans suggests a global alteration of the marine ecosystem due to increasing CO2 emissions will result in the collapse of the food chain as we know it ∙ you could almost hear Jeep loyalists let out a collective groan last year when the brand unveiled the Renegade, a $1.5 billion, 90-storey hotel & apartment complex, & thus joined the parade of tiny sport utility vehicles — sometimes called “cute utes” — crowding America's roads.