Tuesday, March 26, 2019

issue two: guest-edited by Brenda Iijima

edited by Brenda Iijima

the second issue features new work by:

Cecilia Vicuña
Maryam Parhizkar
Kimberly Alidio and Janice Lee
Norma Cole
Aja Couchois Duncan
Saretta Morgan
Susan Gevirtz
Aditya Bahl
Karla Kelsey
Ivy Johnson
Tati Luboviski-Acosta
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Jose-Luis Moctezuma
Laura Woltag
Anna Gurton-Wachter
Jamie Townsend
Tyrone Williams
Linda Russo
Robin Jordan
Angie Hume and Thane Plantikow
Soham Patel
Mel Elberg

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Brenda Iijima : issue two : editorial


This coming together of voicings is an effort to recognize prismatically the provocations we bring to the table. Can we study social political artifacts like entrails to intuit and learn planetary reverberation? Look again for an alternative foregrounding of meanings, a change in indubitability’s paradoxical valence, an upsurge in reciprocity, a renewed appreciation of liability as a mode that recognizes active effects of one’s mutual being. Being awake is crucial—so is quiescence, sleeping, dozing, dreaming as these states are also conditions of awareness. A collective manuscript of spells. Incantations that foster sensitivities that provoke responsiveness. Polyvocally articulated in the never-ending, momentary now. The responsibility to and with all voices. Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran: “Be afraid of the enormity of the impossible.” To which I’d add… “Be abreast of the vastness of possibility outside the scope of logic and formal mediation.” Cosmology—reroutes adrenaline. Hormonal integration of cosmic news. A hormone (from the Greek participle “ρμ”, "to arouse") arouses our awareness of cosmic integrities. Expressions, transductions, messages, transcriptions—each cell, each nucleus, each star, quasar, galaxy, black hole. Who is the sun and why have they been neglected! All the varied interactions with sun’s energies and the sharing collaborations. Floral, faunal, mineral & sun exchanges: I absorb the sun’s light and convert it into mammalian flesh and consciousness, just one example…Polyphonies non-sovereign, rebellious timings out of horizons of lock-down futurisms. Re-equating with time that was-is plundered by history. Elegy born on premonitions and ultra-sensitive skin mirrors. Collective psychosis of humanisms and the interlocking exclusions that were borne of such philo-cultural prescriptions. Volatile proliferation on Turtle Island — throughout the cosmos. Other worlds, outer worlds, inner world, mental and spiritual dissonance. Cosmic betrayals. Aftermaths that mirror mirrors… Hypnotic rhythms, circadian rhythms. Reenvisioning a topless bottomless abyss or openness where voids become fecund.  A checklist of what no longer needs to be clung to. Helping each other un-cling. Paths to and away from origin. Disturbing complexities. Obscurity on a cosmic scale. Composite epics. Living textures. Heartbeats. Vibrations. All the persons and personhoods. How earth weeps, how trees moan, how flowers envision, how other than human animals strategize togetherness. “Endogamous set of cognatic kin” — Yanomami Shaman, Davi Kopenawa. The connoisseurship of caring.   

Brenda Iijima’s [photo credit: Melissa Buzzeo] involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of poetry, research movement, visual arts, floral and faunal consciousness and ecological sociology. Her current work focuses on missing persons and submerged histories, extinction and other-than-human modes of expression. A developing project involves choreography and vocalization centered on Fort Massachusetts, in her hometown of North Adams, Massachusetts. She is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. Her most recent book, Remembering Animals was published by Nightboat Books in 2016. She is also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL). Iijima is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, located in Brooklyn, NY (http://yoyolabs.com/).

Monday, November 12, 2018

issue one: guest-edited by Amanda Earl

edited by Amanda Earl

the debut issue features new work by:

Manahil Bandukwala
Ariel Dawn
Allie Duff
Brinda Gulati
j / j hastain
Ren Iwamoto
Margo Lapierre
Dona Mayoora
Ashley Naftule
Dominik Parisien
Fátima Queiroz
Rasiqra Revulva
Sneha Subramanian Kanta

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Author biographies:

Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani-Canadian writer and artist. Her chapbook, Pipe Rose, came out with battleaxe press in 2018. Recent work has appeared in the Puritan, Room Magazine, Bywords.ca, carte blanche, and others. She is on the editorial teams of In/Words Magazine and Canthius. See more of her work at manahils.com.

Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her son and daughter. She spends her time writing, reading, studying Tarot, and working on her first collection of poems. Recent work appears in canthius, (parenthetical), Foxhole, Room, NationalPoetryMonth.ca, and is forthcoming in A Furious Hope anthology.

Allie Duff is originally from St. John's, NL and is now living in Ottawa, ON. Allie’s poems have been published in Riddle Fence, NewPoetry.ca, Paragon, Bywords.ca, and NQonline.ca. She is a founding member of Spoken Word St. John's, an organization that hosts monthly poetry open mics at The Ship in St. John's.

Brinda Gulati is a final year Creative Writing student at the University of Warwick. Her favourite poem is 'Funeral Blues', she loves the smell of old pages in secondhand bookshops; her favourite account on Instagram is @jasoncampbellstudio. Brinda has lived across continents and in different cities: in Delhi, Singapore, and now in the UK.

j/j hastain is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the Trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press, 2012), Luci: a Forbidden Soteriology (Black Radish Books, 2015), The Non-Novels (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015) Apophallation Sketches (Radicle Press, 2016),and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has recently appeared in a thing like you and me, Flapperhouse, Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky.

Ren Iwamoto is writer from Toronto/Calgary/Ottawa. Their first words, spoken at three days old, were “Behold, I am Yabalacoath, once-bright queen of the Seven-fold World! Gaze upon me and despair, for I have seen the end of the universe, and it is not glorious.”

Margo LaPierre is a Canadian poet and visual artist. She completed a BA in Philosophy and a Publishing certificate at Ryerson University. Her poems have been published in CAROUSEL, The Feathertale Review, fillingStation, Bywords.ca, Petal Journal, Echolocation, and EAT IT: A Literary Cookbook of Food, Sex and Women’s Writing. Her poem “Bear Skin Rug” won the silver award for Poetry at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. After over a decade in Toronto, she now lives in Ottawa.

Dona Mayoora is an interdisciplinary artist, bilingual poet, author, inkophile and techie born in Kerala, India and residing in Connecticut,USA. Her poetry and art works have been published in various international journals. Her works have been exhibited in Italy (2016, 2018), Spain (2017) and on Asemic Women Writers Online Exhibit (2018:- Spring and Summer). https://www.instagram.com/dmayoora/; https://www.facebook.com/CalligraphyStories/; https://www.facebook.com/dmayoora.

Ashley Naftule is from Phoenix, AZ. He’s been published in Ghost City Press, Rinky Dinky Press, Occulum, Four Chambers Press, Bone & Ink Press, Hypnopomp, L’Ephemere Review, Ellipsis, Amethyst Review, Molotov Cocktail, and Mojave Heart. His plays Ear and The First Annual Bookburners Convention premiered at Space55 in 2017 and 2018.

Dominik Parisien's poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones is forthcoming from Frog Hollow Press through its Dis/Ability series and his recent work can be found in Quill & Quire, The Fiddlehead, Plenitude, Train: a poetry journal, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He is the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Fátima Queiroz was born in Rio de Janeiro, lives in Santos and is a teacher (Letters). She is self-taught in painting, sculpture, digital art and fractals. She has published papers in several sites in Brazil and abroad. For more of her work, visit her blog, X/Y/Z/ http://fatimaqueiroz.tumblr.com/

Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, performer, and Databat. Her debut collection Cephalopography will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in spring 2020. If You Forget the Whipped Cream, You're No Good As A Woman (Gap Riot Press, 2018) is her second chapbook. Follow: @rasiqra_revulva.

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a GREAT scholarship awardee, and has earned a second postgraduate degree in literature from England. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her chapbook Home is Hyperbole won the Boston Uncommon Chapbook Series (Boston Accent Lit). She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal. She loves horses.

The existence of Ur-Matter is denied.

Amanda Earl : issue one : editorial

            – Enter.
    I enter.
            – Love
                I love.

When I was a child, I thought the song “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” was “My Body Lies Over the Ocean”: “bring back, bring back, bring back my body to me, to me.” It made sense to me after numerous occasions where it was necessary to float out of my body in bed at night, and it is something I still do when I am in a situation out of my control, when I need to escape.

“My body once so familiar with glory, / My body has become a museum: / this part remembered because of someone's mouth, / this because of a hand, / this of wetness, this of heat.” (Leonard Cohen “The Flowers That I Left in the Ground” in The Spice-Box of Earth, McClelland and Stewart, 1961).

The body is awkward, the body is in pain, the body is uncomfortable, the body is out of place. The body assigned is not necessarily the right body. Body in trauma, uneasy body. Body in bliss. Words embody the poem, syllables embody words, sounds breathe life into words. The writer’s hand moves across the page creating shapes from imagination, memory, dream, emotion. The reader leans forward to read the page, her eyes scan words and images. Her body is still. She takes a sip of tea, swallows, turns the page. The body lives and the body dies. The body lies. The body is awake, asleep or in between. We aren’t always aware of our bodies, but they are always there. Until they are not.

In her poem, “When the body,” Chickasaw poet, Linda Hogan writes about how our feet have walked on the ghosts of all those who have gone before. She describes the body as “a miracle of its own” (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/88743/when-the-body).

I thought we could begin this new series as a body trying to navigate the difficult times we are experiencing in the world, in all our awkwardness, pain, compassion, love, empathy, beauty and bliss, aware of all those bodies that have gone before and will come after.

I acknowledge that this work is published on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin nation.

Thank you to rob mclennan for inviting me to edit the first issue of G U E S T. It is a privilege I do not take lightly. Finally thank you to the fourteen contributors who graciously shared their fierce and honest work. Please follow them on social media, let them know how much you enjoyed their work and buy their chapbooks, books and other works.

People are wary of small books, intimate books that slide effortlessly into a pocket. The book’s measure is the word. But what of the power of the echo ?
                                                                        – Nathanaël, Je Nathanaël (BookThug, 2006)

Amanda Earl has been the managing editor of Bywords.cafor 15 years where she has overseen the production of 180 online monthly issues, 100 quarterly journals and fifteen chapbooks. 

She has been the fallen angel of AngelHousePress for 11 years, publishing 30 chapbooks and broadsides, an essay series, the annual online magazines NationalPoetryMonth.ca and Experiment-O.com, the co-host of the poetry podcast the Small Machine Talks with a.m. kozak now in its third year with almost 40 episodes, and the chief miscreant of DevilHouse, publishing a dozen prose publications and an interview series.

Amanda curated a celebration of visual and concrete poetry as part of Brick Books’ fortieth anniversary feature. She’s written numerous essays and reviews published on Ottawater.com, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Many Gendered Mothers, Evening Will Come, Seventeen Seconds, the University of Ottawa Poetries and Communities site and her literary blog, AmandaEarl.blogspot.com.

Her poetry and visual poetry chapbooks have been published by presses in Canada, UK, USA and Sweden, and Kiki, her trade poetry collection, was published by Ottawa’s Chaudiere Books in 2014. Poems have also appeared in journals both online and in print nationally and internationally. She was inducted into the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour in 2014 and won the Tree Press Chapbook Award in 2017 for her chapbook, Electric Garden.

Her novel, A World of Yes was self-published with DevilHouse in 2015, and her collection of filthy tales, Coming Together Presents Amanda Earl was published by Coming Together of New York City in 2014 with revenue from sales going to GMHC, a provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Her erotic fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines in North America and Europe.

Amanda is a romantic non-monogamous slut, a polyamorous poetesse, publisher, editrix, fictioneer- in-training and vispoet who lives in Ottawa with her husband, Charles. Her life and creative goals are love, compassion, mutual pleasure, whimsy, exploration and connection with fellow kindreds.

For more information, please visit AmandaEarl.com or connect with Amanda on Twitter @KikiFolle or Snapchat: ottawamandy.

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