Whitewall of Sound is pleased to announce issue number 35- "Northwest Concrete & Visual Poetry," guest-edited by Seattle poet Nico Vassilakis.
This is- as far as we know- the first collection of poetry from the Northwestern US and Canada on cd. This issue features work by David Abel, Randy Adams, Jim Andrews, Jonathan Ball, derek beaulieu, Nancy Burr, Jason Christie, Jim Clinefelter, John Crouse, Kevin McPhereson Eckhoff, Brad Ford, David Francis, Crag Hill, Lionel Kearns, Joseph Keppler, Paul Lambert, Donato Mancini, Bryant Mason, F.A. Nettelbeck, mARK oWEns, ross priddle, Lanny Quarles, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Nico Vassilakis, and Ted Warnell. Also included are two videos- "the wizard uv time" by bill bissett and "Lengua(je" by mARK oWEns & Maria Jose Gonzales.
Copies will be available at Printed Matter (NYC) and at selected bookstores in the USA and Canda =or= order directly from us at Whitewall of Sound 411 NE 22nd #21 Portland, OR 97232. Copies are $15.00 (post paid); make your check or money order payable to Jim Clinefelter.
Whitewall of Sound has been published since 1983. The title is a reference to the music scene and industry that once rolled out of the editor Jim Clinefelter's hometown of Akron, Ohio. Over the years, we have published many of the leading artists and writers in the international visual arts/poetry scene. We are one of the longest-running independent, self-financed magazines in the USA- we accept no advertising and deal directly with bookstores and our readers. We're in this for the long haul- all aboard!
Good morning, all! Kathy Ernst and I have conferred about upcoming projects regarding the presentation of female visual poets. We are looking to build a database of contact information for women on several continents, so that we may look at what is possible relative to exhibitions (likely, a traveling exhibition initially) and books that would go with same.
Specific calls for work will follow, but for now we want to accumulate a "who's who" compendium.
I would appreciate your circulating widely a call for the following information and sending the information to me backchannel at:
sheila dot murphy at gmail dot com
We mainly want:
Any further information about media in which the visual poet works, great, too.
If everyone can respond with known individuals, including yourselves, it will be appreciated.
The goal is to obtain as comprehensive a list of (1) living women visual poets who have done visual poetry in the latter half of the 20th Century and (2) women who are actively working in visual poetry now. Definition of visual poetry is deliberately open.
With inspiring energy the second issue of melancholia's tremulous dreadlocks, a bi-weekly journal of poetry and curious bits, appears.
issue 2 features poetry by jenna cardinale...caleb puckett...scott keeney...glenn bach...mary kasimor...christine hamm...donald illich...kudra delaney...pierre joris...reb livingston...louise landes levi...jessy randall...françois luong...tomaz salamun...elizabeth kate switaj...brian boutwell...and lena dunham...cover art by michal macku...
Announcing the first trial of a new digital poetry device.
This is a beta, very rough version, for testing and exploration.
I invite all poets to come and play, test and critique, writing their own poems for this engine, or entering some of their old ones. The best will be archived permanently. This is designed to help poets think of their writing in a 3-d, multi-linear/dimensional way.
Any time you snap up a couple dozen men willing to blow themselves and others up (and then down) in the air, that’s great news. That’s incredible news.
I’m a bit worried though. With our current administration’s back-patting reflex (“You’re doing a heck of a job Brownie” and “Mission Accomplished!” the first two back-slaps that leap to mind), couldn’t someone who really wants to hurt us use that to its advantage, e.g. diverting attention from its real plans by setting up a crew to get arrested, moving fast with plans while everyone’s busy congratulating themselves?
I’m a wee bit encouraged that not everyone is dizzy with praise on a job well-done. On Thursday, current Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said: "The Iraq war has diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists. This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq and ensure that we are taking all the steps necessary to protect Americans at home and across the world.''
I’m worried, too, because much of my family may be in the air in the next couple weeks as we take care of my father (currently hospitalized, perhaps with a recurrence of colon cancer) and prepare to move him from his house in the Wisconsin woods to North Carolina.