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biting at the ankles of the transgressive eye-balls
Hello and welcome
ladies and gents, to the extremely late (apologies on that one, my bad) issue of
wÜrm , the periodical for those who like their poetry
interesting. We have quite the treat for you. We have both visual and linier poetry from America, Canada , Finland, England and Mexico. This is a feast for the eyes and the brain. Enjoy!
Visual poems created by Nico Vassilakis, using
Visual poems from 11 to 13 by Reed Altemus “Ampersand mandala”, magritte forest (2) “Magritte forest 2b” murmur (2) “sheeprevolver K “ “HAIRS WERE AFAR” (a series of linier poems by Gary Barwin.)
“fragment” by Richard Barrett
“for Kirsten 1-3” by derek beaulieu
“andread” “as days become months” “mouth to mouth” All by Mara Patricia Hernandez Collaborations between Geof Huth and John m Bennett:
yak enhanced The bowel slonder
“Rustle” by Matt Dalby.
N ico V assilakis' new book, PR O TR ACTE D TYP E, a collection of vispo, is coming out soon from B lue Lion Press. N ico lives in Seattle w here he w orks for Fantagraphics B ooks.
reed altemus: Reed Altemus's work has appeared in the following magazines since 2002: Rampike (Canada), Offerta Speciale (Italy), Unarmed(USA), Open World (Serbia), Otoliths (Australia), Lost & Found Times (USA), Boxon (France), SCORE (USA), Signal (Serbia), Blackbox (USA),
Moria (USA), Gestalten (USA), Blackbird (USA), Xtant (USA), fhole (Canada), Voce Piena (USA), Generator (USA), Letter Founder (USA), Communicarte (Brazil), Miniature Forest (USA), Arnyekkotok (Hungary) , Big Ode (Portugal), Wohnzimmer (Germany). In his spare time he enjoys ice cream and the Mekons
Magritte forest 2
Magritte forest 2b(2)
HAIRS WERE AFAR
Hairs were Afar
the hairs were afar then strangers came home and opened the sky
* Then a Rat
a conversation which began with angels licking a vowel
There was Enough
to taunt me and my tongue there was enough to keep my bones white
if the hair of Love is man, wise statesman what are its black teeth?
* The World is Filled
with marimba music “head for a dog,” I say he says no to the life of an elevator
without teeth huzzahs light as flesh
today my mother enters the ox or the wild Soul where my tongue and me
just look at me
* I’d Be
I'd be an ox fed on an ox if it weren’t for the ox
* Great! He Says
great! he says there's a small screwed-up eye looking to reheat their shuffling fur
* "Ha, Ha Ha”
millions of "ha, ha ha” scuffed brown hands, and Ethel make up an important part of
some quiet island where I may I go soon
the teaching is real
* After Lunch
a cloud bumps into the stems of his teeth
with a mallet I correct the road
* Giver, And
the orchestra strikes the giver and he begins to give men warnings:
keep hungry he says think of strength and sewing you'd leave the veins of God when I did
* Xylophones Have Those
xylophones have those shoulders and really big balls
a single emotion makes for cleanliness but we wash and fall like stars in our own underbrush nuzzle our punch clock rippling minds
Gary Barwin is active as a writer, composer, and performer. His music and writing have been published and presented in Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Europe. He has written numerous books and chapbooks of poetry and fiction. His writing and visual texts have appeared in over 300 chapbooks, anthologies, and magazines. His work has been commissioned and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Some recent books include Chora Sea (with Gregory Betts; Emergency Response Unit, anus porcupine eyebrow (Supernova Tadpole Editions), Punctuation Funnies (serif of nottingham). A new poetry collection, The Porcupinity of the Stars will appear next year from Coach House Books.
Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo. Seeing Stars, a YA novel, was a finalist for both Canadian Library Association YA book of the year, and an Arthur Ellis Award. This year, his chapbook, Inverting the Deer (serif of nottingham) was a co-winner of the 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award.
Barwin currently teaches music at Hillfield-Strathallan College. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, three children, his dog, and a fear of the family car and can be found at serifofnottingham.blogspot.com.
fragment (for Christine)
1// spittle glyph alphabetising, decode bench strut imprint in hard rock check against chin drying the, the hands back, gentle crust crumbling on skin written fallen, moment spoken, inscribed, erased, why do you horizontal, wooden urgently flail trees Birmingham inter city perspiration circling greying back black check at three ten to, calving the approach, sting sight missed silent missed, see pent frustration meet magnetised irresistibly
2// felt-tipping the air urgently a driven impulse push love forward across traffic won’t look, set foot unhesitatingly autisms children colour the sky green; like highlighter pen down the station approach & eyes transplanted to doorways which disintegrate my legs dancing still, upstairs, alcohol free home-furnishings our love become settees and couches we are drinking J20 with trees growing. upside down
3// the hot centre cause city-wide disturbance
crisp packets can sound like footsteps
from which architects flinch, keeping clear
the fire-exit dematerialising at touch
we compulsorily purchase Debenhams
knock it right down; lay a warren
of new streets; maps become redundant
a heart as A-Z page torn, blown down
Back Piccadilly; new places are found to stand
chasing it we are thrown up abroad
no, this is imperative; beyond choosing now
I don’t recognise Manchester anymore
buildings shift and recombine and
Richard Barrett runs the experimental poetry imprint knives, forks and spoons. His most recent collection, Pig Fervour, was published by The Arthur Shilling Press. His long sequence, the rushes, is forthcoming in the Autumn issue of Parameter magazine.
Richard lives in Salford where he is active in the Trades Union movement.
For Kirsten 1
For Kirsten 2
For Kirsten 3
derek beaulieu is the author (or co-author) or 6 books of poetry and prose. His most recent book is "Local Colour" (helsinki: ntamo, 2008). He lives in Calgary.
as days becomes months
mouth to mouth
Mara Patricia Hernandez was born and raised in Guadalajara. She is a visual poet, graphic designer, photographer, and digital artist who is currently living between 4 white walls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her blog can be found at http://vizhewel.blogspot.com/
rustle the clothes. rustle. in waves. limestone cliffs. limestone. pavement. sharp proof of. identity. nothing. to exercises. fields. wind. doing nothing. hard. trees growth. stunted. iris. scan. electronic tablet. closed. all sides. overlap. in trust. locating. yourself from left to right. grass. sandstone. cliffs and cuts. and fear. had at cold. and windy coast. unprotected. couldn't remember. own birthday. passwords. the breath. of others. eyes. pebbles graded. repeat. name. address. i am. not. to your own breath. i grew up. staring to stop. and in space. the sound. listen. blown. running wall to wall. hollows. steep beach.
Born and raised in Yorkshire. Lived Cardiff and Manchester. Currently studying for MA Creative Writing at Bolton University. Releasing 1 CD-R of sound poetry a month through 2009. Performed at Manchester's The Other Room performance series in June 09.
John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), L ENTES (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfoxpress), SPITTING DDREAMS (Blue Lion Books), ONDA (with Tom Cassidy; Luna Bisonte Prods), 30 DIALOGOS SONOROS (with Martín Gubbins; Luna Bisonte Prods), BANGING THE STONE (WITH Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), FASTER NIH (Luna Bisonte Prods), and RREVES (Editions du Silence). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975−2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.
Geof Huth is a visual and other poet who blogs at dbqp: visualizing poetics.
im wurm 1
im wurm 2
im wurm 3
JukkaJukka-Pekka Kervinen lives and writes in Finland. He is mainly interested of computer processing and manipulation of text and language. He has been published in XTANT, Poethia, Moria, SHAMPOO, Aught, Word for Word, can we have our ball back, 5_Trope, Generator, Score, m.a.g, sleeping fish, BathHouse Magazine, Jack, Big Bridge, Blackbox, Dirt, Otoliths, eratio, and
Textbase, among others.
He is the editor of epidermis, xStream (http://xstream.xpressed.org), xPress(ed), 'minimum daily requirements' and eIghT-pAGE pREss. He is also a co-editor of 'blue lion books' together with Peter Ganick. Jukka works also as composer and mail artist.
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