The VGP Literate No. 12

Candy in Right Places

Hospitals are boring places
where people come to buy
a few more years for themselves.
And sometimes they even succeed.

I would not be surprised
if this doctor whom my girl finds sexy
who is supposed to operate on my kidney
asks my girl friend out for a cup of coffee,
as my body fights to regain consciousness
in the hospital bed after this critical operation.

Everyone needs to relax after all.
Love is beautiful if you can get
the candy in right places.

Writer, Producer, Publisher of Bangla experimental stuff, Subhankar Das has produced 6 short films with more than 16 international film festival fame and appreciation. He has 16 published books of Bangla poetry, and is a translator of Allen Ginsberg’s poems in Bangla.  http: //graffiti-kolkata.blogspot.com

A Chris D’Errico Perspective

Chris D'Errico: Poet, Writer, Musician
Chris D’Errico: Poet, Writer, Musician

One thing I always enjoy about my visits to Las Vegas are my visits with poet and writer Chris D’Errico, as well as writer and international man of mystery, the Mag-Man, Peter Magliocco. To be honest, though, Peter, though ever cordial, proves to elude this writer more often than not, but I am remiss not to remark that we real artists have personal lives and secular jobs to attend. Alas, however, my visits with Chris D’Errico are always fun and interesting, if you find literary and political banter entertaining. Imagine a well read, Democratic-sympathizing, philosophical, ultra-realist Nor’Eastern yucking it up with an ultra-idealist, Libertarian-sympathizing, liberal Texan in a dark bar in Las Vegas. The shared appreciation of being able to speak ones opinion with no fear of recompense is always an assuring thing. Exploring various views and perspectives while taking the ride, so to speak, is always encouraged. Still, the man has been much up to things in the meantime.

Readers may recall, Chris D’Errico is author of two, count ’em, two volumes of poetry and poetic lunacy published by this humble little press. The first volume, Vegas Implosions was the landmark publication of Virgogray Press and the key to unlocking the doors to authors far and near. Vegas Implosions brought humurous, witty, and insightful verse revolving around what’s captured in the city of sin.  Minsistry of Kybosh, presented four years later and after a second printing of Vegas Implosions which included the additional text, The Exterminator Chronicles, was a slightly reminiscent, though a much more experimental manuscript. Here we find poetic prose in seeming stream of consciousness across a vast array of topics. The manuscript also includes “Other Poems” which is a selection of traditional free verse with its own dynamic and style.

Vegas Implosions (2011) Second Edition
Vegas Implosions (2011) Second Edition
Ministry of Kybosh (2012)
Ministry of Kybosh (2012)

Still, the apparent randomness does conjure up vivid scenes of thought. Take for example this segment from part one of Ministry of Kybosh: 

Let’s compare doctrines. Punched a clock and proselytized in the break-room, drinking decaf. Talked bullet points. Coarse flurries of inane jabber. Your heart bleeds green, mine blue. Argued inside a cafeteria of white noise, You spiked your tuna with salsa, mine with mac-n-cheese. “Implausibility of permanence, infidelity of peace.” Heads hurt. Agreed. What’s wrong with these sheeple. Everybody on the left get out. Everybody on the right go die. Soul beats money. You little yellow monkey, you silly long-snouted trickster. Hardwired to lie and believe lies. “Big reality in rooms for little ideas.” We read aloud handwritten passages by a dead “poet” whose obscurity tickled our fascination with the underdog: Firm as Ignorant Blood, Nature wants to run Amok. Emblazoned by the Ethereal, Oblivion smiles to fill the Vast Hollow. Savage and Exulted, as always: Power wins. Back to work and answerable to each other with which we must collaborate. The Commission to Investigate Hiring an Outside Agency (CIHOA) decided that sustainability is the new progress, the mundane is the new excellent, exclusivity is a marketplace, entrepreneurship is the new existentialism, and resistance is new-reactionary–so just stop it already.

Just thoughts and writing is what Chris would say. Still, I think there is the underpinnings of some deeper thought intriguing enough for those readers that want to grasp a deeper meaning.  At least, that’s a reason why I like to make it available. You can keep up with Chris D’Errico and what all is going on in his pocket of the universe via his website http://www.clderrico.com. The site includes links to latest published work, including appearances in Counter Punch and Otoliths, as well as his personal Vegas Implosions Blog where  you will find random type thought entries at the blog on topics like marijuana laws in Nevada, appreciations of Charles Bukowski, information and opinion regarding Monsanto and other interesting tidbits. There is more to come from this eccentric Las Vegas writer, I’m sure, so stay tuned and be sure to pick up a copy of his books, Vegas Implosions and Ministry of Kybosh, both available from Virgogray Press. C’mon, all the cool kids are getting them!

Fifth Issue of Nothing. No One. Nowhere. Out Now

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Virgogray Press is pleased to present the fifth issue of Nothing. No One. Nowhere. The literary and arts culture magazine returns in a jam packed issue– over 90 pages!— of poetry, ficition, essays and more! This issue has been guest edited by author, Sonnet Mondal and brings together a rich text of literature and critical analysis. When Virgogray first put out its call for a guest editor to fill in the duties involving selection and content, Sonnet was among the first to reply. It is a great pleasure to see the magnum opus he has crafted, a deep reservoir to enjoy and to invoke inspiration and thought-processes. More information on Nothing. No One. Nowhere. can be found at http://www.nothingnoonenowhere.com.  Here’s the content of this issue:



Poetry 

A Matter of Life
Aquarium
by Vihang A. Naik

These Absorbent Days
The Best Interest Flower Bouquet
by David S. Pointer

Things I used to Want to Write About
by Eugenia Tan

Fiction

The Case of the Missing Shoe
by Dr. Bina Biswas

Questions Answered
by Matthew Wilson

Serein
by James Robinson

Essays

The Moping Owl: The Eptiome of Melancholy
By Zinia Mitra

Identity Issues in the Poetry of Nissim Eziekiel
by Dr. Arvind Nawale & Prashant Mothe

Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana and Angela Carter’s
Night at the Circus: A Comparative Study of Indian
and Western Traditions of Story Telling
by Dr. Shamenz

Gary Soto’s Vision of Chicano Experiences:
The Elements of San Joaquin and Human Nature
By Dr. Paula Hayes


Music Reviews

Clan of Xymox: Kindred Spirit
Review by M.A. Casares

Vitesse: Chelsea
Review by M.A. Casares