Today I’m very grateful to ongoing collaborator Rob McLennan, who invited me (back in January) to respond to his question prompts, “12 or 20.” I don’t often share much about my creative process apart from a few close friends, and Rob’s questions allowed me to dive in. You can read the questions (and see a… Continue reading Questions with Rob McLennan
Below you’ll find a new video, an homage to the great KMRU. His ambient music is stunning, and I have found myself listening to it for many, many hours. The music video was created under fair use. The footage is from a recent trip to Copper Creek in the Olympic National Forest. As a bonus… Continue reading An homage to KMRU.
My second contribution to North of Oxford for June is a review of Consecration of the Wolves by Salgado Maranhão, translated from the Portuguese by Alexis Levitin. An incredible, though disturbing work that continues to sit with me weeks after I’ve read it. Find the review here.
My latest contribution in the review world is for two books by Red Hen Press: American Quasar with poems by David Campos and art by Maceo Montoya, and A Camera Obscura by Carl Marcum. You can read about these two unique and timely books here. This is my first review of publications from Red Hen.
In March 2021, I was gifted a box of The Moon’s Jaw from the author, who had sat on the book for years and was in the process of leaving the Seattle area for parts unknown. A splendid book, I was not told what to do with the truly massive number of copies of a… Continue reading 54 Ways of Looking at The Moon’s Jaw
After some toiling across software platforms, I have finalized another project: Dunn Gardens (2021). This project includes the following: Two full videos on YouTube: a silent video featuring original footage revealing the transitions of flowers from black and white to color; the same video with an added auditory bonus of an original composition of noise/music/etc.… Continue reading Dunn Gardens: New Media (Silent Video, Music Video, Full Album, Split Album)
I had the privilege and pleasure of writing on the new collection by Thulani Davis, Nothing But the Music, which has been added to North of Oxford. Highly recommend the book to anyone who’s interested in the Black Arts Movement and poetry by Black women past or present.
Using a new GoPro and cutting across the snow mile after mile, I recorded the Taylor River video below. The sound is a “live soundtrack” that I created while rewatching the video, experimenting with Komplete Kontrol, Ableton Live II, Massive, and Erosion+Distort+Reverb effects. I appreciated how Davinci and Ableton worked well together, and how everything… Continue reading New Music and Video: Taylor River
Excited to briefly announce that Of Spray and Mist is now available at Third Place Books in Seward Park and Ravenna. Hopefully soon in Lake Forest Park. It’s been strange to get the physical book into hands of anyone other than close friends during the pandemic. This slow distribution provides some joy and memories of… Continue reading Of Spray and Mist–Now at Third Place Books!
A post on the current state of poetry in Myanmar has been published in Poetry NW. This follows a brief exchange with Maung Day prior to his ducking into hiding and the cutting off of internet in the country. I’m grateful to Bill Carty for working with me on this piece–to bring light to the… Continue reading Coverage of Poetry in Myanmar
My second review of Jamie Sharpe’s work is in North of Oxford. I review Everything You Hold Dear following up Dazzle Ships from way back in 2017.
I’m excited to have received a copy of the latest Rain Taxi in my mailbox this weekend. The Spring 2021 issue features two book reviews concerning the poetry of the Serbian poet Marija Knežević (Breathing Technique, from Zephyr Press), and the Spanish Agustín Fernández Mallo (Pixel Flesh, Cardboard House Press). You can order a copy… Continue reading Two Reviews in the Latest Physical Rain Taxi
A very large group of poets across Myanmar have collected their voices in a single video embedded below. The link follows the death of K Za Win, and the oppression of many other poet activists and activists generally in the country over the last several months following the military coup. All of this strikes me… Continue reading A Video Montage from the Protests in Myanmar
The track linked below, Cherry Creek Falls, features another recent track composed in Ableton 11. The music, composed of two individual tracks, was applied to footage taken from Cherry Creek Falls outside of Duvall, Washington in March 2021. This was the first abstract video I created with the Express (free) edition of Hitfilm, an app… Continue reading New Music and Video: Cherry Creek Falls
My first foray into sheer noise, performative noise, and one of my first tracks in Ableton 11. “Inside” is a track created while watching the New French Extremity horror film of 2007 (À l’intérieur). After finalizing this experimental track, I decided to apply it to the segment of the film that inspired the composition. Note… Continue reading New Music and Video: Inside (À l’intérieur)