Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

The recording below, Tri-C Community College radio recording, consists of a fantastic collection of sound poetry. 'Sound poetry' broadly defined, is poetry which is typically characterized by wild and often non-standard linguistic exclamations, intended to invoke a thematic mood or feeling. As with noise-music, contemporary sound poetry can be traced to the Italian Futurists. Most… Continue reading Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness

Gustav Jönsson's, High Theory and Low Seriousness (2019) --- a brisk and biting critique of contemporary literary theory published via Quillette  --- opens with an assault upon the practice of 'deep reading' (analytically interrogating a text to find overarching, underlying or purposefully or accidentally embedded meanings which may not necessarily be explicit). Sixty years ago today, just as Henderson… Continue reading Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Of the essentials of a story, characters, theme, style and setting, the latter is perhaps the most difficult for new or dilettante writers to manage. Take for example this first paragraph excerpt from the short story Family Gathering by Paul Beckman from Fictive Dream (a excellent site). The laughers come first. They always arrive early… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Reading List Of Works Formative To Early American Thought

Medieval Works Ordinance of William the Conqueror (1072). Laws of William the Conqueror (c. 1066). Constitutions of Clarendon (1164). Assize of Clarendon (1166). Magna Carta (1215). De Legibus Et Consuetudinibus Angliæ (c. 1235). Summa Theologica (1265-1273). Marco Polo's Travels (c. 1300). The First Manual of Parliamentary Procedure (c. 1350). The Declaration of Arbroath (1320). 15th… Continue reading Reading List Of Works Formative To Early American Thought

Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Rare English Words

E. M. Forster once said, "English literature is a flying fish." Logos has gone fishing and below provides the bounty of our catch. adscititious --- additional absquatulate --- to leave somewhere abruptly anfractuous --- winding or circuitous anguilliform --- resembling an eel apple-knocker --- (US informal) an ignorant or unsophisticated person argle-bargle --- copious but… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Rare English Words

Fiction Circular 9/26/18

FLASH From The Dark Netizen, the supernatural revenge story, Highway To Hell. "Now, he was bringing hell to the demon…" ---Highway To Hell. ◊ From And Miles Before I Go To Sleep... Daughter's Surprise by Ramya Tantry. "You sacrificed your wishes so that you can fulfill mine." ---Daughter's Surprise ◊ From Heart In Print By Jaya,… Continue reading Fiction Circular 9/26/18