The Midnight’s Marsupium Defacement Project (Ryan Bradley, Sommer Browning, Anne Keefe, & Jared Schickling)

Here’s the story: because of a malevolant software update (which corrupted my publisher’s computer), I happened upon a small box of incorrectly printed copies of my new chapbook, Midnight’s Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010).  All is well as the subsequent run turned out beautifully, but instead of recycling the deviant copies, I decided to experiment with one by way of collage and erasure.  I had so much fun doing so that I invited some folks to deface copies as well.  I was surprised by the enthusiastic responses that I received and am extremely happy and grateful to present the first set of wonderfully creative results: Ryan Bradley’s armillary-like sculptures, Sommer Browning’s polyvocal erasures, Anne Keefe’s scrapbook-style collage, and Jared Schickling’s distressed and cartographic palimpsests…

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RYAN BRADLEY

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#14 is live and features the following sixteen long poems:

The Water’s Piety in Doubt and Question by J. Michael Martinez

It is Especially Dangerous To Be Conscious of Oneself by Jeff Alessandrelli

Dwell-E by Brandon Downing

The Massachusetts Book of the Dead by Katie Peterson

Coney Island Avenue by Andy Fitch

Length of Fetch by Jesse Lichtenstein

A Geography of Pleasure by Amy King

Descend, Descend by Samuel Amadon

Vertigo and Bone Room by Julie Doxsee

from Rosalia by Molly Gaudry

The Kingdom of Blizzards by Michael Rerick

The Erotic Life of Art: A Seance with William Carlos Williams by Eileen R. Tabios

Topic Sentences by Dot Devota

We Know in 2010, We Survive by Claire Becker

The Personal History of Wind by Jennifer Denrow

Dark Highway by Zvonko Karanović transl. by Ana Božičević.

And the following reviews:

Not Blessed by Harold Abramowitz, reviewed by Janice Lee

Under the Quick by Molly Bendall, reviewed by Suzette Bishop

Sum of Every Lost Ship by Allison Titus, reviewed by David Carillo

Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes, reviewed by Sommer Browning