What, you ask? Could it be? Is Carcinogenic Poetry truly closing submissions? Yes, but only temporarily. Carcinogenic will not take submissions nor publish submissions the last week of November, which summarily begins on November 21, 2010. Carcinogenic will resume submissions in December. As Carcinogenic Poetry prepares to enter its second year, we will be preparing the print anthology. Get your poems in before then if you are interested. Don’t forget to read the guidelines.
Don’t forget the reading of “Dear Bela” to be held at Beyond Baroque on October 31, 2010. Full details are available at Beyond Baroque’s website- http://beyondbaroque.com/events.html
The newest release from Virgogray is here! “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” by Peter Magliocco is 30 pages of poetic diversity that kinda hinges on its various abstractions of thought and images as it trips into a variety of ideas, some humorously narrative, others absurdly profane. I walked away from this version of “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” thinking Peter Magliocco is nothing short of a mastermind. Even at its opening we see a writer wanting to buck the current with poems seemingly addressing the state of art and editorialship. But I loved the abstraction of images and how sensibly they address the apparent issue as in the poem, “Illusion of Art:”
Far from the blank page
on your computer screen
where faint radioactive emanations
persistently grope for
all the imprisoned writers of the world
mentally chained to machines
& inherited obsolete concepts
that should remain unwritten,
the way mirage water puddles
on distant roads are
in the sunlight,
before you race towards them
and they disappear.
This is also present in “The Hunger Artist” where Magliocco writes about “true art” and censoring “literature befouled by commerce & whatnot” drives the point home with a seeming sarcastic, self-defamatory quip: “I’ll cut this poem-pretension up / & add it to the beef stew / which lacks a saving grace / of sorts.” I found “Narrations from the invidious conflux” humourous with its opening schema of the 1959 Psycho film as it weaves itself into topical briefs on Obama, Valerie Solanis and impending earthquake doom–I rather liked that poem. “Something Behind Everything” tapped into the spiritual and profound, another aspect I find appealing when reading poetry. These lines are wonderful,
Please send good tidings
to the prison where now I sleep
dreaming of us reading together
the skywriting of planes
above the ecliptic tilt
clouds shape ivory hills
for the hiding gods.
Wow. And all this in the first five pages! Could it get better? It could. There were other poems I found to be insightful, if not after a double-take and a closer read through, such as: “Bury Her Heart on Highway 61,” “A Casualty of Permissive Sex in Unorthodox Times (which, by the way, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize),” “From the Nude Christ,” and “The Vision Inescapable.” Another poem I found humorous was, “Host,” but only because I jaywalk and never really looked at it as inviting hard-metal death, but that’s why I like reading poetry. Over all, “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” is a hefty helping of verse, a bit thicker than some, with a little bit of imaginative deciphering required. It is the thoughtfulness that is so inviting, though, and is worthy of those desiring an engaging read. Cover art by Justin Jackley. 30 Pages. $7.
“Limbo” by Michael Aaron Casares (2nd edition)
Limbo Now in Second Print
The 2006 Virgogray release of “Limbo” has been re-issued in an expanded and revised 2nd print and is now available for your readership. “Limbo” now contains 20 pages of poetry, including many poems not available in other publications. “Like Father,” “Upon Dying,” “Conversations” are among the gems contained in this collection. Get it while you can!
Also, be sure to check out an interview with Michael by Jim Harrington at his website, “Six Questions For,” an interview site dedicated to getting into the heads of editors and publishers! Jim has picked the brains of many creatives, including: Lynn Alexander of Full of Crow, Alison Ross of The Clockwise Cat, and Allie Dresser of Gloom Cupboard just to name a few.
Thanks again to everyone hanging in there with us as we go through our birthing process. We look forward to a fruitful end of the year with new releases from Kevin Brown, Felino Soriano, Sara Crawford, Michael McAloran and Doctori Sadisco on the horizon… chapbook submissions will re-open before you know it, as well as the Carcinogenic Anthology printed edition–so stay tuned and get involved!
New chapbooks will be available starting in June. Look for America Remembered on June 20, 2010 to be followed by new releases from Joseph Goosey and Peter Magliocco in July. Other writers with forthcoming releases include Sara Crawford, Michael Mc Aloran, Doctori Sadisco and Felino A Soriano. We also have news regarding a distributor we’ll be hooking up with out of El Paso, TX. More details on that soon. Also be on the look out for more readings and live events to take place in the not too distant future. We’ll be sure to post them here for your chance to see our authors live in person. There are more great titles to come and great poems over at Carcinogenic Poetry that include work from the likes of John Grochalski, Gary Beck, James Brush, A.J. Kaufmann, Anna Coakley and more! Thanks, readers and writers alike!
We here at Virgogray Press are familiar with the need for submissions to make a great publication and can’t thank the writers enough, those who chose to pursue Virgogray as a venue for their writing, a place for readers and lovers of writing to come. There are many ways to send your work to Virgogray, but don’t stop there; send your work to other independent zines and small presses, too. There is such a benefit to community and networking with other writers and keeping your name and voice out there and the independents are doing a great job of that. Both electronic and print avenues are abundant, out there, keeping the culture alive for web goers as well as the traditional tactile book reader. We’d like to share a brief list of some possible venues to explore:
Eviscerator Heaven-(Internet) Evisercator Heaven publishes on a rolling basis. Many great voices have contributed to the life of this publication. Check it out.
Fissure Magazine– (print) From Shadow Archer Press comes an art and literature magazine featuring poetry, prose, visual art and more. They are currently accepting submissions for a special “steampunk” themed issue.
Calliope Nerve: Muse Thing – (Internet) From Calliope Nerve Media comes Muse Thing, an astounding literary internet publication bringing poetry, prose, interviews, reviews, previews, art and more on practically a daily basis. You may want to check out the Eclectic Hookah Newsletter while you’re there!
Graffiti Kolkata Broadside– (Print) Produced by Graffiti Kolkata in Kolkata, India, the GK Broadside is an international publication of poetry and art! Be sure to check out their chapbooks and other publications!
As always support local and support independent.