Today I have released (via Lone-Byte Press) the first version of a new e-chapbook entitled Toward Pandemic! The book directly confronts the swine flu virus via the US media’s sultry, absurdist jumble that spread like a wildfire throughout the country a couple weeks back from today. I was anticipating the media’s coverage to be just as continuous and alarmingly blase through today and into beyond, but a sensationalist crest was reached and toppled much faster than usual. Nonetheless, some good verse came out of this strictly-found poem sequence.
I hope you enjoy this version and if you don’t, let me know why. Also, you can look for the up and coming “deluxe media version,” called Pandemicist, down the road. It will hopefully feature audio and video components, along with the original text.
You can download Toward Pandemic! here.
Well, we’re off to a great start now that it’s 2009!
TXT MSSG II is now available! This new e-chapbook, which features cell-phone-based poetry by writers across the United States, is being made available and delivered straight to your PC by myself and by Lone Byte Press, an independent e-press out of Philadelphia.
Click here to view the free .pdf file, currently hosted through WordPress. If you would like to download the file for your computer, phone, or e-reader, right click the link and select “save as.”
The 68 pages of poetry and supplemental explanation weighs in at a minimal 175 kb.
This e-chapbook features work by the following six young writers: Gregory Bem, Casey Bracket, Jeffrey Brennan, Tony Petracci, Alexander Ruggeri, and Maria Winters.
Please do not hesitate to contact me about the chapbook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you are interested in viewing the first TXT MSSG chapbook, which includes more cell phone poems, as well a critical essay on the relevance of cell-phone-based poetics in 21st century culture, simply click here for the original .pdf file. Click here to see the original post on the first TXT MSSG chapbook.
A vibratious message to those visiting The Stale:
All my newly-crafted poetic works, as well as all the revisions of my dusty old written things, are now, for the time being and perhaps permanently, being posted on the collaborative poetry/culture blog, In Memory of My Feelings, which is moderated by and includes the work of one Jeff Brennan. This is better than you think. It is also better than I think.
In addition to the poems concerning urban living that Jeff and I write, you may also stumble upon the work of other young creators, which presently includes a certain Maria Winters, who is attending the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she conducts great visual and written creativity.
You can also find Alex Ruggeri’s work on this blog. Alex is a teacher in Peabody, Massachusetts, and loves propagating authority, influence, and inspiration. Other contributors may arise as life continues.
And for now, due to time and sanity constraints, PhillyWords, my blog documenting my travels and life in Philadelphia, has a thin digital sheet covering it; I may post there in the future, but there is absolutely no way to maintain it at the moment, so it will remain in storage for an unknown amount of time.
PS: Lone-Byte Press is planning to release a series of e-chapbooks in the very near future, which will include a follow-up to TXT MSSG. Stay tuned.
Throughout the month of October there has been a surge in poetic cell phone text messages between my friends and I. Though most of the messages have been communications between me and Jeffrey Brennan, who is now living in New York, other friends make appearances. Perhaps there is a psycho/social theory developing in there that correlates between conducted poetic behavior perceived and responsive poetic behavior. Again with the usual, or rather consistent, disclaimers: I tried to copy the information from the Verizon Chocolate phone verbatim, thus explaining the poetic lines created. In most cases of the “Sent” folder, I’ve put forth information that proves to be embarrassingly forward. In any case, here are the top-most highlights from October, some of which will probably end up in another chapbook down the line.
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