Otoliths, issue nineteen, southern spring, 2010

The new Otoliths — which is always a great collocation of conceptual and visual poetry — is live. There’s a small bit from my newly finished manuscript, The Philosophy of Decomposition / Re-composition as Explanation, in the issue. It’s a mash-up / collage of Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” and Stein’s “Composition as Explanation” and only uses words found in those two essays.  I’ll also be presenting some of this material for a “Quotation and Originality” panel at the upcoming convention of NeMLA, which will be held at Rutgers University in the spring.

The issue also contains work by sean burn, dan raphael, Jim Meirose, Joel Chace, Adam Fieled, Paul Siegell, Iain Britton, Jesse Eckerlin, Howie Good, John M. Bennett & Serge Segay, John M. Bennett, Philip Byron Oakes, Scott MacLeod, Ed Baker, Robert Lee Brewer, Caleb Puckett, SJ Fowler, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Changming Yuan, Travis Macdonald,  Joe Balaz, Raymond Farr, Andrew Durbin, Carlos Henrickson, RC Miller, Allen Edwin Butt, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Jeff Harrison, Debrah Morkun, Satu Kaikkonen,  Satu Kaikkonen & Márton Koppány, Márton Koppány, Felino Soriano, Steven Fraccaro, Toby Fitch, Sean Ulman, Corey Wakeling, Sheila E. Murphy & Jeff Crouch,  Sheila E. Murphy, david tomaloff, Charles Freeland, Travis Cebula, David-Baptiste Chirot, Craig Rebele, J. D. Nelson, Louie Crew, Caitlyn Paley, Catherine Vidler,  Matthew Ritger, Scott Metz, Michael Gottlieb, Mark Young reviews Michael Gottlieb’s Memoir And Essay, Bernie Earley reviews Burt Kimmelman’s As If Free, Nicole Mauro, Anny Ballardini, Jill Jones, Katrinka Moore, Marcia Arrieta, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Jared Schickling, Kit Kennedy, Steve Gilmartin, Michael Brandonisio, Bob Heman, Louise Landes Levi, and Nico Vassilakis. 

Check it out — as editor Mark Young says, “There should be something there for everyone.”  And, indeed, there is more than a few somethings.  I particularly like the cover image, “diesel hand unused” by Nico Vassilakis; it reminds me of the mechanisms found in the Dada periodicals — like Picabia’s title page for Dada 4-5 or the illustrations from Alfred Stieglitz’s 291.  How I could get lost in the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa…

~ by Michael Leong on October 31, 2010.

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