Three Poems and a Video Poem

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"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." — Gertrude Stein

Issue thirty-two of Otoliths has just gone live, a few days early. This issue contains four of my works: three poems and a video poem. These are part of a series that began with “Gertrude Steinbot Online”, a track I collaborated to produce for the Second Land album, The Copycat Sessions.

The video that appears in Otoliths was created using CrazyTalk Animator, one of its stock animation characters, and a still image from the Larry King Live television program. The audio was created with a text-to-speech reader and a handheld audio recorder. The text is excerpted from Gertrude Stein’s 1933 self-published work entitled “A Long Gay Book.” One of the poems that appears in Otoliths is entitled “Mick Jagger vs. Gertrude Stein” because “Angie,” the 1973 song by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and “Susie Asado,” the poem written in 1913 by Gertrude Stein, both have some traits in common. For example, they’re both named after women and they’re both repetitive. With this mashup, I imagine that the two works are sharing a duet with each other.

Otoliths contains what it describes as “a variety of what can be loosely described as e-things, that is, anything that can be translated (visually at this stage) to an electronic platform.”

The issue maintains the magical mix of styles & media Otoliths is known for, with work from Jennie Cole, Michael D. Goscinski, Howie Good, Kyle Hemmings, Eric Hoffman, Raymond Farr, Jim Meirose, John M. Bennett, Craig Cotter, Philip Byron Oakes, Jack Galmitz, A. J. Huffman, Reed Altemus, Anne-Marie JEANJEAN, Paul Summers, Philip Terry & Tom Jenks, Miro Sandev, Lee Slonimsky, Joshua Comyn, Zachary Scott Hamilton., SS Prasad, Michael Berton, Marthe Reed, Nicola Griffin, Owen Bullock, John Martone, Louise Landes Levi, Kate Tough, Alex Stolis, Elizabeth Allen, Bobbi Lurie, Cecelia Chapman, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Catherine Vidler, H. Mark Webster, Adam Fieled, Joel Chace, Carol Stetser, dan raphael, Corey Wakeling, Taylor Reid, Johannes Bjerg, Mariapia Fanna Roncoroni, sean burn, Felino A. Soriano, Leigh Herrick, John Pursch, Mark Cunningham, Tony Beyer, Vernon Frazer, J. D. Nelson, Richard Kostelanetz, Lakey Comess, Andrew Brenza, Jeff Harrison, Darrell Petska, Marc Thompson, Spencer Selby, Katrinka Moore, Michael Brandonisio, Eryk Wenziak & Amy Gentile, Branko Gulin, Bogdan Puslenghea, Caleb Puckett, Bob Heman, Marty Hiatt, Gene Flenady, Tim Wright, Collin Schuster, bruno neiva, Geraldine Burrowes, Dylan Kinnett, & Aditya Bahl.


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