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Nick-e Melville: apisodes 2 in insurance

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Pete Treglown: untitled future objects & the garden of technological progress

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untitled future objects

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the garden of technological progress

Dorset-based artist Pete Treglown has developed a multi-faceted approach to making art works. His work is essentially a form of audio and visual assemblage, collecting images and ideas from varied sources and combining them into re-contextualised narratives that have a socio-political content. Website address  www.prtreglown.com

Max Wilkinson: A Hundred Ways The Fire Starts

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Sarah James/Leavesley: & where, then

 

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Sarah James/Leavesley is a restless/creative chameleon, who loves working across genre and media including poetry, fiction, journalism and photography. She doesn’t believe in much any more, except that the present is our future. Her website is at http://www.sarah-james.co.uk. Sarah tweets here

Cai Draper: The New Discount Chain, Fuck & Systems

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Cai Draper is a poet from south London. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of East Anglia. Systems was previously published in the UEA MA Poetry Anthology (Egg Box Publishing 2018)

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Eve Black: Black Scratch 1-3

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Lizzy Turner: Home Practice 1 & 2

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Cas Stockford: Pre-Apocalyptic Poetics

Pre-apocalyptic poetics

Yellow flowers suddenly appearing,
ghost ships and curse birds,
the petty-profound re-occuring
nature of nature – fall, autumn,
fall, autumn, O! Spring! (the month
of May featured heavily)
– they used to write poetry about this!
And wrote about love/luv/lv – a word
as vague as ‘They’.* Back then, when
the world/welt/veld/gwlâd/welât
was made of moving parts (see: production).

Now we (the three of us) invent alphabets
each day, with bone-point pens in the
generous plastic-dust. For old Times™’ sake.

Help us. We can’t help it.

*’They’ – indefinite descriptor for all political
and commercial enemies of the people

Cas tweets here (work). Her work website is here

featured image from Cas is taken from a 17th century book of tantric drawings of Maharastra, no copyright.

Alice Willitts: {n; a(t, u) {ral = [w]under

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Alice Willitts graduated with Distinction from the Creative Writing Poetry MA at UEA in 2018 and was shortlisted with her creative partner for the Ivan Juritz Prize for their poetic essay in experimental fractal poetics ‘p0_EM Stein1’. Her poetry is concerned with personal and ecological losses and the limits of human intelli- gence as our species faces its own end. She is also writing for the Speculative Futures Collective (UEA), creating the ‘speculative nature writing of 2080’, due to be published in summer 2019 by Boilerhouse Press.

Twitter: @WillittsAlice @cwpoetics
Personal website: anotherkindofhappiness.wordpress.com
Collaboration website: cathenkawillitts.wixsite.com/cwpoetics

Benjamin Joe: PERFECTLY HAPPY WORKERS

PERFECTLY HAPPY WORKERS

Not too much was working these days.

In the passenger seat, Eric was having trouble with his seatbelt. It wasn’t that it was stuck or even disabled. The metal sat coolly in its socket, but Eric didn’t seem to be having a good time.

“Fuckin’ thing,” he said and took the belt off entirely. George frowned. There wasn’t a lot of risk in their job, he reflected vapidly. The day was warm, the air-conditioner was on. Outside the sun shined and now that the morning was done, none of it was getting in his eye.

There was a certain point where George always got an erection coming east of the Mississippi.

“Fuckin’ thing!” Eric put the belt back on. Instinctively, George looked in the rearview mirror. A cop with his lights on was directly behind him.

“Shit!” said Eric as George pulled the car over.

Not a whole lot of risk and not a whole lot working as well, thought George.

George fast-talked the cop. He was a middle age white guy much like George was. Eric had some kind of farmers tan going on but he looked out the windshield, ignoring the cop on his direct right and let George do the talking. It was probably the smartest thing he could do.

So, the cop walked away, befuddled by George’s small talk about going east and all, and don’t mind the trailer in the back, yeah, it was home-made, but the lights worked, why did he get pulled over anyway?

The cop, mumbled something about a description matching them. George kept nodding and smiling. Eric continued to stare straight into the horizon.

“What’d we do?” asked George.

“Ah, nothing, someone pulled a gas run, but no, you fellas look all right…” That was code that they were looking for some black guys or just wanted to get a look at the California plates.

George smiled, letting his heart settle. He didn’t know what Eric was thinking. He mumbled thanks a long time after the officer left and didn’t touch the seatbelt after that. The sun continued its journey across the sky and eventually, as it was setting, they were in Tennessee.

George pulled the car and trailer into the parking lot for viewing the Blue Ridge Mountains, put it in park and got out of it. Eric followed.

They walked over to the fence, stared out at the mist and the view and Eric lit a cigarette and George sucked on his chewing tobacco. A couple minutes later a girl in a trench coat and glasses walked beside him.

“Do you like the Talking Heads?” asked George amiably.

“Shut up.”

“Oh no, please don’t be like that, darling! Shit, we’ve been all over and you, you with your spy master disguise…”

“You’re going to be all over again. They want you in California.”

“We just came from there! This is bullshit!” Eric walked away then, kicked a rock over the edge of the cliff.

“Regardless, those are the coordinates.”

“All right, all right, but please, take a look at the business and tell me where it needs to go.”

“No need.”

“We’ve got…. Damn it!” A few yards away, Eric got into the car and slammed the door.

It had been going on like this for a month. George didn’t know what was going on. Eric had been dropped off to him in Boston and his surly ass wasn’t the only thing getting sick of the feel of fake leather seats. After they picked up the weapons in NYC, they drove straight to Louisiana, then to Minnesota, then to California and then to Southern California, and now to this southern, stupid, idiotic, fucked up place on the side of a road!

“Hey!” she said, taking off her glasses. Her eyes were blue. “You signed up just like all of us! We’re all hoping this will come off…”

“What’s the point of a revolution that does nothing! Christ! I thought things were ready! I thought it was cool to be radical again!”

Eric honked the horn.

“We just don’t need that kind of service right now,” she said, then walked away. George stared after her.

“Well, excuse me for listening to you when you did!” He yelled. He didn’t care. There were several cartons of bullets and a couple assault rifles under a big camping equipment tool-box in his car’s trailer. Sights and silencers in the trunk.

George didn’t care, why should he? Why should anyone? Why should anyone care about the world and be willing to do something to change it? What the fuck was the point?

George slammed the car door. Eric was all hunched into his seat with his boots on the glove department and his head covered by a cap.

“Where too now?” he asked.

George sighed.

“Nowhere in particular,” he said and started the car. Outside the air was hot and he threw on the air-conditioning again and drove away. Eric whistled something because their radio was broke and it was a long way from L.A.

 

Benjamin Joe lives in Buffalo, New York where he works as a freelance writer for The Niagara Gazette and IPWatchdog.com. His first novel, Nirvana Dreams, was published by NFB Publishing in November and excerpts from it can be found in the March 2018 Ghost City Review and Issue 14 of Riggwelter Press. A short story can also be found at Aspirant Magazine. Twitter: @benjamin_joeb01

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Alexa Jane Wolff : Standard, Deviation

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AJ Wolff is a queer single mother, feminist, poet (she/her/hers). Her work is published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Yes Poetry, Hypertrophic Literary Magazine, Riggwelter, and other generous presses. A River is Never Broken deeply examines questions of agency, (dis)connection, power, oppression, and resilience. Twitter: @AJbigbadWolff

Daniele Pantano & Erkembode: A Further Reading of Urs Allemann’s Babyfucker (with Dripping Faucet) Concerto No 3 for 2-7 Voices

A FURTHER READING OF URS ALLEMANN’S BABYFUCKER (WITH DRIPPING FAUCET) Concerto No3 for 2-7 Voices

Created by Daniele Pantano & David Kelly/Erkembode for Enemies of the North

First public screening: 30 March 2013, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

Words/Sounds: Daniele Pantano
Visuals: David Kelly/Erkembode

A FURTHER READING OF URS ALLEMANN’S BABYFUCKER (WITH DRIPPING FAUCET)
Concerto No. 3 for 2-7 Voices

Day 1: 12 Drops Per Minute

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Day 2: 19 Drops Per Minute

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Day 3: 27 Drops Per Minute

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Day 4: 35 Drops Per Minute

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Day 5: 43 Drops Per Minute

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Day 6: 51 Drops Per Minute

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Day 7: 60 Drops Per Minute

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Text by Daniele Pantano // Artwork by Erkembode

Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, artist, literary translator, critic, and editor. His individual poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies worldwide. Pantano’s poetry has been translated into several languages, including Albanian, Bulgarian, German, Farsi, French, Kurdish, and Slovenian. His most recent works include Robert Walser: Comedies (Seagull Books, 2018), ORAKL (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), Robert Walser’s Fairy Tales: Dramolettes (New Directions, 2015), and Dogs in Untended Fields: Selected Poems by Daniele Pantano (Wolfbach Verlag, 2015). Pantano taught at the University of South Florida, served as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Florida Southern College, and directed the Creative Writing program at Edge Hill University, England, where he was Reader in Poetry and Literary Translation. He currently teaches at the University of Lincoln. For more information, please visit his website. Twitter: @danielepantano

Erkembode is not just another saint, artist, mimihist or part-time receptionist. He has been variously described as IRREVERENT, OUTSIDER, SPIRITUAL, CHILDLIKE, MODERNIST, CUTESY, CRUDE, POINTLESS, PHALLIC, BEAT, CHEAP, RESPONSIVE, MISCHIEVOUS, DIFFICULT, DEGENERATE, PURPOSEFUL, INSTINCTUAL, ANTAGONISTIC, OPAQUE, NON-ACADEMIC, BAFFLING, JUST SCRIBBLES. Always in capitals. He founded Bear Press (2012 – 2017 RIP) and EVERYWHEN (the school of). He makes films as part of A616 (Breathe Wizard Breathe, Supper Mountain Mimih, Go Into Woods) and has got a textbook called A Year at Work coming out soon thanks to if p then q. Visit the Erkembode website here. Twitter: @erk_embode

featured image: Bob Modem

Caine Tully: Anthropocene #2

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Who are the vermin?

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Not Mother Nature

“Injustices are everywhere. We live in a world that is beautiful and yet there is so much oppression and destruction upon it. The anthropocene is upon us and humanity has a long way to go before equality exists in every sense. My artwork has the intention to make the viewer aware of this and sometimes feel complicit in the various destructive actions of humanity and thereby, hopefully lead my audience to enact positive change through feeling some what responsible to take action themselves. I hope the least I can do is provoke thought in to an individual that had previously not cared for the world around them.”

Caine Tully

Julia Lewis: Gut Things

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The oral, at the end of one symbiosis is periodontopathic, we think parasitic bacterium to the human we think (symbiosis does not mean only parasitism to the) Fusobacterium nucleatum who has been, (like soybeans to breast cancer repeatedly and broadly) associated with parasitism within colorectal tumors.  Continue reading “Julia Lewis: Gut Things”

ERKEMBODE: Wilderwall

Wilderwall scrawls x 3

1. Wilderwall Excerpt For Burning House Submission

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Casimir Wojciech: POEM IN WHICH I DO NOT TELL MY ENEMIES HOW LONG I’VE BEEN STARING AT THIS GRAPEFRUIT TREE

POEM IN WHICH I DO NOT TELL MY ENEMIES HOW LONG I’VE BEEN STARING AT THIS GRAPEFRUIT TREE

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Caine Tully: Anthropocene #1

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Sick Secret

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One Existence

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When the future was now

“Injustices are everywhere. We live in a world that is beautiful and yet there is so much oppression and destruction upon it. The anthropocene is upon us and humanity has a long way to go before equality exists in every sense. My artwork has the intention to make the viewer aware of this and sometimes feel complicit in the various destructive actions of humanity and thereby, hopefully lead my audience to enact positive change through feeling some what responsible to take action themselves. I hope the least I can do is provoke thought in to an individual that had previously not cared for the world around them.”

Caine Tully

Ali Whitelock: kmart sells out of cheap fans made in china

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Ash and Stardust x: Ashytober

Ash and Stardust, a monthly column by energy worker and artist/writer DHIYANAH HASSAN explores the intersections of tarot with healing and creativity. You can read the rest of the series here.

For October, I came up with a personalized tarot-inspired inktober challenge that I named after this column, #ashytober. I drew a card for each day and then illustrated my response to that card. The result is a series of digital art illustrations that gave life and ambience to the vibrant things that pulsate vividly beyond the surface of my days. Save for a couple of lags, I spent my October making art that I had no chance to plan for since each day’s prompt only happened when I pulled a card from the deck. I documented the work and shared some insight about the process for each piece on my Instagram (they’ll also be up on my website once that’s back out of its hiatus).

The ways in which I work has changed. Instead of squeezing effort to make things, I’m more focused on allowing things to happen. There’s so much that wants to come through me, so much that’s getting ready that wants me to be gentle with it.

Working on #ashytober after months of light sketchbook work allowed me the space to let the different parts of my work – my art, my training as a healer, my words, my aspirations – find their own ways to integrate and merge. I also found out that working intuitively was a great way to allow old strategies of art-making to adapt to where I’m at now.

Like how with each piece of #ashytober, I was building – finding – a fantastical world that housed its own cosmic cartography with strange landscapes, multiple suns and moons in the sky, and characters living diverse lifestyles.

Building up a cosmology for magical worlds – like building up the narrative behind the theory behind the symbology of a series – is something I’ve grown so accustomed to in my work as an artist. Except that I used to pressure myself to the point of paralysis that not much of this work gets to see the light of day. And so it was really delightful – like unwrapping candy to find a surprise toy packed inside with it – to see an entire universe of characters and narratives being spun out so spontaneously with each piece.

Continue reading “Ash and Stardust x: Ashytober”

Girls are Silver by Olga

girls are silver

 

                                          I was taught that

girls are silver       smiles to be polished

laughter the sound of a fingerflickedagainst

a     trophy     ringing  with emptiness.

 

                                              I knew that I wasn’t

silver   knew I was drinking from the depth

of starving wells     knew that girls

                                                        like me

                                                          would

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