Juxtaposition & Obfuscation: A Manifesto

Juxtaposition is the most basic element of creation, and therefore of writing, and therefore of writing poetry. The term juxtaposition should be understood less as the extreme farness of the elements gathered, and understood more as the extreme nearness of their new shared location. Juxta-near, posit-place.  Juxtaposition is the 2 coming from the 1. Saying … Continue reading Juxtaposition & Obfuscation: A Manifesto

“tamburlaine the great” – “sunrise (medusa)” – “house of atreus”

TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT Son of a shepherd Maggot of God Maggot of God your horses have trampled Trampled Persepolis Pissed out the Nile Black are your helmet spurs spear and cannon Heads of your brides are white and gold Son of a shepherd Maggot of God My kind lord Bajazeth thrown in a cage Fed … Continue reading “tamburlaine the great” – “sunrise (medusa)” – “house of atreus”

“the fawn” – “the slip” – “was” – “oh dear!”

The Fawn Would you approve, if I drilled into your spine? Nestling ruptures. Fizzing, white structures. You glance, black eyed, divine. Rigid, on icy chrome. Shrivelled cornea, alluding to the past, present and fading future In your mirror I find a fawn in the jaws of something you cannot contemplate Drenched in rusty sweat Your … Continue reading “the fawn” – “the slip” – “was” – “oh dear!”

Jack Ross and the Imaginary Museum of Atlantis

Daniel Miller: Your first book was Nights with Giordano Bruno (2000)? Jack Ross: It was my first "novel", but I had written a more conventional book of poems before that, called City of Strange Brunettes (1998), about the large number of Chinese and Korean immigrants in Auckland at the time. I'd been teaching in a … Continue reading Jack Ross and the Imaginary Museum of Atlantis

“a history of something in three acts” – “republic of tears” – “in vino veritas”

A History of Something in Three Acts Lady Ogre was working out on her Peloton bike when she felt faint and dizzy and puked up a junkie. Downstairs, her sometime boyfriend, alias Captain Dread, stood with one booted foot on an alligator skull, preparing to address his perverted but talented crew of piratical underground cartoonists. … Continue reading “a history of something in three acts” – “republic of tears” – “in vino veritas”

“It’s no longer your film”

"What's that so black agin' the sun?" said Files-on-Parade. "It's Danny fightin' 'ard for life", the Colour-Sergeant said. "What's that that whimpers over'ead?" said Files-on-Parade. "It's Danny's soul that's passin' now", the Colour-Sergeant said. -- "Danny Deever", Rudyard Kipling “It's no longer your film” It is the almost graceless, almost graceful mystery of life leaving … Continue reading “It’s no longer your film”

War at 33 1/3: Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy & Datapanik

“World War III is a guerilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation” -Marshall McLuhan In 1978, Pere Ubu released the EP Datapanik in the Year Zero. With its release came the first intimations of “Datapanik,” a concept developed by the band’s singer, David Thomas, and their graphic designer, John Thompson. In … Continue reading War at 33 1/3: Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy & Datapanik