Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review Site

There is a new review site in the works...stay tuned.


Sunday, January 17, 2010


strand of a lover’s hair,

or fingers, what palms’ cavernous spectacle inside a fist,

an apocalypse of flesh and bone

what meat makes wo/man? What femur?

To spark-up speech, perhaps a bit hastily,

waving an abstemious finger

toward dawn as the din of morning bells’ paean chime pairs with ghostly shapes

& slivers of skin eking out inexcusable ampleness like it was God of the uterus

claiming vacuum within the cosmos

of one

as the grandiose ziggurat ascends

boldly toward the heavens

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Components Series

Future Publications

Things have been relatively slow on the new publications front. This is probably due to the fact that I haven't been sending submissions lately. Usually submissions happen in short bursts, then taper off into nothing for long periods of time. I've just come out of the taper-off period.

There is one magazine, I may have mentioned before, called Existere. I submitted a link of five digital images at some point in the summer and had no response. I decided to inquire about the status of my submission just recently. Turns out they never received my submission. So now my submission is under review and I'll hopefully get a response in ninety days--maybe sooner. I wonder if misplaced submissions is a common thing. I was told sometimes e-mails that are sent in gmail get misplaced and end up in spam boxes. I wonder if this is what happened to my submission.

As for forthcoming publications, there are three which sould be out soon--all in print. One is the Visual Poets Anthology, which is run by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis, with an editorial board consisting of many big name vispoets. I'm very excited about this anthology and look forward to seeing it in print.

The other magazine is Marcia Arrieta's Indefinite Space, which will feature a dedication poem to Alexander Jorgensen, based around a photograph he had sent to me some time ago.

The last is Drew Kunz' Miniature Forests, which, as I hear, could be the last issue.

Another e-zine, Listenlight, may feature one of my poems as well. Listenlight is a beautifully crafted e-zine with many returning faces. I happen to be one of them, as I've been featured in this magazine twice already. Jesse Crockett does a wonderful job with graphics--it really is not your average venue.

And now for a list of other amazing poetry zines...

Zafusy (defunct)--Jody Porter
Moria--William Allegrezza
Apocryphal Text--Alan May
Fiera Lingue--Anny Ballardini
Dusie-- Susana Gardner
Otoliths--Mark Young
Word for/ Word--Jonathan Minton
Sous Rature--Cara Benson
Sixth Finch

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Look Back at Venereal Kittens

I started Venereal Kittens back in 2006 as a collective for writers and artists to share their work. I did not want to call this collective a magazine (or e-zine) for many reasons. One being, the way the blog was set up. Instead of having issues or volumes, VK was free of both. Instead, it was a yearly set-up. No volumes. No issues. It went along on its own and did not demand a set timeframe for submissions and all that other editorial bull that usually goes along with most magazines. Another reason for dubbing this a collective is that I wanted to create something on an artistic "community" level without it being pretentious and snooty. In my mind, a collective sounds more like a group of people and their works, all working together to create, as a whole, a collective body of work.

The first year started out as mainly by invitation only; as many magazines start out. After the first year, I thought about expanding VK's content, adding in-depth interviews on writers/artists who I feel brought something interesting and special to the proverbial table. This proved to be a huge undertaking, and I found myself eventually unable to dedicate my limited time to seeing these lengthy interviews appear in the collective. After the interviews, I thought it was best to just let people submit to me for review, and it's been going like that ever since.

So now it's already 2010. What is in store for Venereal Kittens? Well, expect to see more new and familiar faces. Expect to see the abstract, surreal, disturbing, beautiful, lyric, etc.

Those of you who read this blog, I hope to read your submissions, comments, hate mail, and anything you would like to send my way for review. Here's to a great start for the new year!