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Joanna Ruocco interviewed at BOMB

Ruocco discusses all her “literary” works (blah blah blah) — *Man’s Companions* (TS 2010) among them — but to throbbing delight, she also offers a peak into her blossoming pseudonymous career(s) as romance writers Toni Jones (*No Secrets in Spandex*) and Alessandra Shahbaz (*Midnight Flame*), which makes us swoon — and also makes us wonder why we haven’t already launched a genre imprint.

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ego patronus exstiti: Plinth II

There is no jot of Plinth that is not necessary. If you felt a little something extra in the air this Equinox, that was the birth of Issue #2: Brad Baumgartner, Sarah Fox, Jamalieh Haley, Laura Ellen Joyce, Peter O’Leary, Aimee Parkison, David Peak, Eugene Thacker, and TS’s own dark star, Johannes Göransson.

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Four Things We Read at Fanzine…

after reading Jeff Jackson’s brilliant interview with TS author Joyelle McSweeney and then scrolling around and thinking Wow, Fanzine publishes a lot of good stuff. Including a lot of work by women. Weird and witchy women. Hell yeah.

Reviews

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Grammar: An Essay by Kristina Marie Darling

Via texts by Hanna Andrews, Inger Christensen, and Thalia Field (with Abigail Lang), Kristina Marie Darling explores how one might “speak outside the confines of grammar, without performing the familiar ‘ceremony’ of creating order and coherence.”

Poetry

is to Billy Collins what love is to domestic violence
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Poems by Maia Elgin

Lodged in the Speciman’s trachea, his legs melt, his antennae melt, all his segments melt, and his mandible too. Even his ideals melt and his surreptitious preconceptions. His ice-caps, his caddywhompus, and his heartbeat melt. All his hookers and all his hipsters. His leaf bites and his egg-life. His mindfulness and his fluster melt. His proboscis & balls, his eardrums, his toes, his cilia, his superciliousness….

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Poem by Paul Siegell

What happens when through a wormhole a gravestone passes? / Does it matter how fit the biography? Arc, longevity in a time / warp? How many other people know your name, or image, or / oeuvre?

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Poems by Tony Mancus & Michael Rerick

Another stretch of no motion. Wait for it to start, they both said and the plan was easy to act out. They cordoned off territory, laid still with the dust that walls made, and confused comfort with setting or a programmable box. Their hairs were lengthened and cut. Their bodies could fabricate warmth, could actualize and forcibly enter this plan like a rental.

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Poems by Laura Kochman

This is the science of bodies: the shape and the frame, the altogether. The not. The soft part stretching over the hard form. Leaving a little bone behind, the body the occupied or the body the occupier.

Fiction

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Fiction by Ben Segal

So much is made of Simone Weil having starved herself to death. The Nazis, you know. I could starve myself to death for a thousand good reasons and none of them would be good reasons after all.

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Fiction by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

I thought about all the baby had experienced, and concluded that her name should be Amulet baby, since she was strong and mysteriously unharmed by the elements of hunger and sickness. I sang her name a few times: “Amulet baby,” I said, and in my mind retired the name of limp baby, and she smiled at me so that I knew she liked her name.

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Fiction by Paul Cunningham: an excerpt from The Middlecirclehole

“All that rain. All that rain that gets down in the soilmeat under the mulch and sometimes it all slides down the hill that faces the backporch. Everything collects at the bottom of the backporch stairs. Night crawlers ooze out too a lot of the time. Coil-nerves. Dead rabbit parts—couple times. Raccoon parts. Never know what to expect oozing out of the ground with a mouth froze open or lifeless eyes making a seize on me. I tell the other kids at school about this stuff and they say I have satanic addictions but I just like to describe things as they happen because I like to describe.”

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j/j hastain: from Letters to the Divergents, a Cryptozoologic for Xems

The host is able to use you like a normal tongue would be used after the transition has been made. This transition is really a translation, isn’t it? A body-torque. I am so stimulated by this notion of the foster tongue. The surrogate that continues on with you, inside of you, once having made its place, its residence, within. The louse is a cyborg success that while taking away from the host fish, also adds to it. To act in accordance with, to embody visceral tandems.

Indeterminate Texts

which may or may not be twice- or thrice-listed in other genres. Please don't freak out.
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j/j hastain, selections from Rubatos Contiguous to a Mitochondrial Eve: a Memoir in Musical Fictions

You have to follow the image all the way through in order to have image become the capacity (in you) for prophesy. Sperm and seed abound, capable of being buried. See my follow-through like implanting strings and strands within the impetus of sperm and seed, inside of what writhes between my own legs, what bubbles over from my third eye. See me literally sewing strands and strings in so that I can marionette my own genitals by way of my accurate genders.

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Letters to Bhanu Kapil

In 2010, Ching-In Chen asked Jai Arun Ravine to interview Bhanu Kapil for a speculative literature issue for Asian American Poetry and Writing. At the time, Bhanu was in India and unavailable for an interview, so she asked Lucas de Lima to answer Jai’s questions as an interpolate. The result of Lucas and Jai’s collaboration constitutes part one of this piece. Lucas’s replies to Jai — substituted for potential statements or responses by Bhanu — appear in italics: below. The dirty starlings are his, just as the triplicate, mutating calf is Jai’s. In 2013, Bhanu, Lucas and Jai re-convened with Bhanu asking Jai and Lucas questions. The feral appendix they created appears in part two of this piece.

FEATURED Interviews

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Letters to Bhanu Kapil

In 2010, Ching-In Chen asked Jai Arun Ravine to interview Bhanu Kapil for a speculative literature issue for Asian American Poetry and Writing. At the time, Bhanu was in India and unavailable for an interview, so she asked Lucas de Lima to answer Jai’s questions as an interpolate. The result of Lucas and Jai’s collaboration constitutes part one of this piece. Lucas’s replies to Jai — substituted for potential statements or responses by Bhanu — appear in italics: below. The dirty starlings are his, just as the triplicate, mutating calf is Jai’s. In 2013, Bhanu, Lucas and Jai re-convened with Bhanu asking Jai and Lucas questions. The feral appendix they created appears in part two of this piece.

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Vanessa Place interviewed by Eireene Nealand

After talking with former prisoners about how beside-the-point their presence in court felt; after being called up and not selected for jury duty; after wondering about the metaphysics of court trials Eireene Nealand wrote to Vanessa Place, a poet and defense appellate attorney, who specializes in sexual offense cases.

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Urs Allemann interviewed by Elizabeth Hall

“Perhaps I even underestimated the ‘Babyfucker’ by minimizing for myself the antagonism between beauty and monstrosity. Monstrosity can’t be beautified away by skillful prose pirouettes. Beauty doesn’t sublate monstrosity. And today I understand much better those people who find that there’s nothing beautiful there, nothing at all, just a triumph of monstrosity. However: the fact that there were people who read the text in all seriousness as ‘Confessions from the Life of a Pedophile’ — that baffles me to this day.”

RECEIVED & AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

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