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- William S. Burroughs

 

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RELATED SITES  

Miscellaneous sites related by direct affiliation or practical interest

CHARLES H. KERR PRESS
Publishers of Chicago Surrealism, popular history and "anti-establishment literature since 1886"

COACH HOUSE PRESS
Toronto-based press for Canadian experimental poetry and fiction

BEARD OF BEES
Chicago-based press cranking some incredible poetry - tricky stuff

ARRAS.NET
Brian Kim Stefans' site for new media poetry and poetics

DEMOCRACY NOW
Amy Goodman's indispensible radio/TV news program

CRIMETHINC.ORG
Think about it

 

POETRY RESOURCES  

Larger-scale resources for experimental writing

EPC
The Electronic Poetry Center is an important site for information on postwar experimental poetry from the 'States. Perhaps the oldest poetry web online, the EPC is maintained by Loss Glazier with the assistance of volunteers from UB's Poetics Program.

UBUWEB
Kenny Goldsmith's UBUWEB is an invaluable resource for alternative poetries, as well as a site of ongoing experimentation with new electronic distribution media. To know it is to live it.

NACIP YORK
Directed by Steve McCaffery, The North American Centre for Interdisciplinary Poetics is a web-based forum for experimental interdisciplinary work art and writing.

FLUXUS
Flux your muscles.

 

A SPORADICALLY-PUBLISHED "MAGAZINE" OF POETRY AND POETICS
Christopher W. Alexander and Linda Russo, eds.

ISSUE 7
Last Updated: 15 April 2005

CHAMPS (fields) & between
Kathleen Fraser

 

1.

It was raining heavily and snowing further up the road and she left for
the appointment, both ahead of and behind her expectation, in spite of the visual
impression of crashing cars and SUVs, swerving bodies in pain on the 6 o'clock
news, again a swerving laid out to any random viewer, in this case herself a
cinematic event to which she would gradually attach herself as she drove forward
and slowly shifted gears through the lengthening

 

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any random viewer, in this case

 

 

 

 

2.

You were merely setting the stage while other clients talked about the
"divinely ordained" as if objects of differing colors did not slide in and out
of red cells of chronic prisoners whom they were on that particular day and
you knew what was commonplace and you wanted to avoid the
commonplace thinking your personal uniqueness was beyond dictation, yet
this fact repeated itself in his and her accounts of you as if mental anguish
depended on progress or as if there were progress in the counter
balance of sorrow's detail lost in the rapid intensity of its repetition

 

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accounts of you         his and her accounts

 

 

 

 

3.

The air came down like rice. It scattered through unevenness and
uneventfulness.

 

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came down      unevenness 

 

 

 

4.

The air came down in its teacup shape of Japanese porcelain, light
dropping through it with disturbing regularity like dry rice falling through
water as if a dream state had collaborated with the concept of "grains of
rice," her observing it at just that moment when she imagined there might
be something inherent in the weave of the curtains, that some bit of drawn
thread, if pulled back, would fold up beneath a lens coming into focus.
Still the air remained full of scatterings, condensed, not exactly floating
nor promising something like the real snow she remembered as if it still
existed - morning light caught between glass slides about to be positioned
beneath a lens - grey but not heavy and less depressing because of the
movement of falling

 

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not exactly, beneath

 

 

 

 

5.

One felt a lift of hope beyond the opposite building's surface attached to
a resin of deep amber, its sticky powder clinging to your fingers as you
prepared the lengths of white horsehair attached at each end of the bow,
lifting it above the stringed instrument, in this case a violin, to pull against
two consonants and two vowels, their pitch - where was it? - attainable in
the private ear

 

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consonants      pitch - where was it? 

 

 

 

 

6.

Learning to come as close as possible for two people lodged in separate
bodies to move away but without rancor re-enacting the pleasure of
breaking down their separateness, as if there were a final psychological
position to grasp, to save oneself from the other's idea of acoustic garden
hose decor, stainless steel kitchen nests & implements, glass tulips held
aloft on wrought iron stems against nightfog, emergency blink, the
hovering of certain stars you'd both remembered seeing and were
counting on

 

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nests & implements held aloft

 

 

 

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