Edited by Chad Weidner
9×6 in; 424 pages
FORTHCOMING: JUNE, 2020
Fractured Ecologies participates in environmental praxis through literary practice. How does experimental writing contribute to the ways we think about ecology? This collection of papers, bent essays, and playful poetic impressions positions marginal aesthetic forms front and center. The idea of Fractured Ecologies is that rigorous and irreverent papers addressing experimental writing and other borderline manifestations in an environmental context are infinitely interesting and always fresh.
“somewhere located below the Sol – way cold solar plexus” —Frances Presley
“Who tethered the earth to someone else’s sun?” —Joshua Schuster
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chad Weidner: Introduction: Deliberate Poetry as Ecological Survival Technique
Harriet Tarlo: ‘GOLD/ Is Recovered’: Maggie O’Sullivan and Environment
Sarah Nolan: Fractured Environments in Susan Howe’s That This
Margaret Anne Clarke: Biopoetics: The Interfaces between Language, Form and Life
Richard Murphy: Hybrid submissions
Matthew Shenoda: Wild
Margaret Ronda: Green Road
Vickie Vértiz: Cyanotype in a New York Public Library
Maurice Kilwein Guevara: The Results Are Spreading
Wang Ping: Peace Over Everest
Aki Gibbons: Fireblossoms
Orchid Tierney: ode to surfaces, air
Camilla Nelson: RUN
Evelyn Reilly: Grosse Fatigue: Eco-Weariness and the Feminine Hand
Dana Zoutman: (that reflect heat back into space)
Katrin Benzler: “What in the Name of Arse” “Cries out for Universal Brotherhood” “?”
Sophie Bergmeijer: Tipped the Scale, Made a List, Then and Now
Arthur Sze: Lichen Song and Salt Song
Shelia Karpesky: Man to Machine
Chad Weidner: Mourning May
Kenji C. Liu: A Frankenpo: Report to Exxon Shareholders
Andrew Shaw: Pests
Edwin Torres: FRAMING DEVICE: The Animal’s Perception of Earth
Angela Peñaredondo: Hybrid Submissions
Jess Allen and Bronwyn Preece: full:new
Robyn Maree Pickens: Tender
a rawlings: WHOSE WHO
Mari-Lou Rowley: Feral Poetics for a (Re)Programmed TechnéPolis
Arpine Konyalian-Grenier: Fasciae, Fauna, Faux Pas: Capital Beyond the Noise
Peter Jaeger: Walter Benjamin, John Cage, and Kenneth Goldsmith: A Weather Report
Matthew Cooperman: Process, Person Erasure: Recovering the There There in Dorn, Orange, Long Soldier & Cooperman
hiromi suzuki: Virtual Water Alarms
Maja Jantar: Some
Alison Hawthorne Deming: THE DIORAMAS
Joshua Schuster: Notes on Heliopoetics
Adam Dickinson: “THERMOGRAPHIA: Labwork”
H. L. Hix: Copia
Frances Presley: Channels: on boulder beach, Pink Bay, passerine, Needle’s Eye
Brenda Hillman: S KIN OF OLDER WOMAN WALKING FROM
When in pockets or on wrists
little wheels with teeth
gnashed through small lives,
the sidewalks lipped up
regardless, “have a nice day.”
Then the coltan digit brought
to pitch in light speed.
Emoji and Gif poke into each cheek.
Tagging antisocial question marks
as coat racks for the street,
the command threatens to punish
insightful resisters at the cash register.
With time, a commuter buys into debt
or hunts for a refrigerator box
and a subway grate.
Even in confrontation with weather,
the baseline syndrome sufferers cling
to exteriors though from around brainstems
leather sacks for rotted emotions droop.
Always the same site
with similar pomp and circumstances.
An organ shifts beneath flutes and violins
that blanket a dark band
tweaking noise into nose.
Cornea eggs crack in socket bowls
when stirring, and a gathering
quakes on the bed refrain.
When the sight ceremony lights up,
all dreams exit through thin air.
A whole world opens for the real
while boredom fills with illusion
for strangers on the street perhaps.
The senses chase after stomach butterflies
with a cup for coffee and a spoon.
The excitement wishes by as the moment
escapes, but the effort fills up
and spills all over the nervous system.
Soon a traffic jam will spread on
concentration without absorbing
a small part in the procession.
Very pleased to have my poem (from my book Practitioner Joy) in the current issue of Oddball Magazine.
I am very pleased to have gotten a book contract for “Prophetic Voice Now” from Common Ground Research Network. My collection of essays on modern and postmodern poetry and poetics has a publication date of March, 2020.
"Practitioner Joy" is an alternative voice offering a way forward that promotes the ideas of Hegel and Nietzsche through Peter Sloterdijk’s You Must Change Your Life and Slavoj Zizek’s Less than Nothing. The collection of poems will be published by Wipf and Stock in early Summer. The project entitled is also my confrontation with my practice as a poet and, at least in part, my inevitable death.
When outside Plato’s Cave, capitalism’s crisis horizon threatens with precarious “every conduct is economic conduct,” “I once was mine; now I am theirs,” and “Homo Deus” (a new species of humans from the loins of the wealthy only), prophetic voices are needed in an effort to counter and perhaps change the narrative’s and the future’s direction.
There is absolutely nothing to lose in my project. Poets know well that we will die. Yes, yes this manuscript is poetry, but its sibling, philosophy, lurks within it. These poems break further from poetic styles from my past in that they are more stylistically confident in their conviction to name and in their embrace of a way forward not only for a person but for humans without corporate capitalism and without Homo Deus threats. While the poems are different from what lyric poems are being published in journals today, I believe they are the future. (I believe in my new –to me— poetics and believe that my manuscript is what Blake called “firm persuasion.”) While the manuscript has grown to 80 pages and will grow no more, when it was 64, it won as a semi-finalist in the 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition at Southern Illinois University.
Editor Katie Scions of Rumble Fish Quarterly nominated, “Work Quirk,” a poem from the collection, for a Pushcart Prize 2019 and remarked in her “Editors’ Note” introduction to the Winter 2018 issue, “Award-winning poet Rich Murphy offers up ‘Work Quirk,’ a poem that reads, and we mean this in the most complimentary terms possible, like a flesh-eating virus.”