Fiction, poetry, and electronic/multimedia literature

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LUMBER WORLD: A Novel

"Going to the Lumber Yard may never be the same again!" proclaims the fictional book jacket for my unpublished 1984 novel. "Big business and government agents team up, with their banks of computers and surveillance satellites, for an immense top-secret energy project in the Sahara Desert; as they become entangled with a small band of nomads and, halfway around the world, the eccentric crew of a California lumber yard, the results offer both analysis and antidote for modern times."

LUMBER WORLD: The Rejection File

In addition to my unpublished novel manuscript, The Brautigan Library is making available a volume of historical letters, postcards, and other documents, comprising a record of my extensive attempts to publish the novel during 1984 and 1985—and the results of those efforts in dozens of rejections. I've annotated the correspondence, highlighting the careers of many celebrated (and some notorious) literary agents and editors.

"Afterword(s): Take a Book/Leave a Book"

The first part of this found poem consists of lines appropriated from the endings of 10 books I was recycling. Using a local "Take a Book/Leave a Book" library, I swapped out one book at a time for a new (used) book, appropriated text from the ending of the "new" book, and replaced one line in the poem with the newly appropriated text to make a new poem. I then repeated this process 10 times to make 10 new 10-line poems.

"'Postmodern'—An Anagrammatic Slideshow Fiction"

Described by the Vassar Review, with reference to Oulipo poet Michelle Grangaud, as a "gleefully illustrated glidepath through the remnants of language that trail beyond the (littoral, literal) 'postmodern' like the tail of a forlorn freeform comix comet . . . . an eschatological imagetext mashup of demon storm troops, pert rodents, and skidrow resident poets, porn purveyors, and sperm donors via Flickr borrowings, Wiki burrowings, and whole tons of homebrew images bluesily rendered."

"Thirteen Ways of Killing a Scrub-Jay"

"Thirteen days. Thirteen ways. Thirteen jays." This darkly satirical "blog fiction" or multimedia prose-poem obliquely echoes Wallace Stevens' meditation on blackbirds by describing and illustrating thirteen different methods used by the narrator to kill a Western Scrub-Jay, from the more distant to the more intimate (if read in chronological order), or from the more intimate to the more distant (if read in "blog order").
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