Sunday, 12 January 2020

"Topia Tat" performed on Radio Klebnikov

I'm honoured to have had my poem "Topia Tat" performed/incorporated (twice-and-a-half) into this week's episode of Radio Klebnikov! My text comes in around the 31-minute mark til around 36 minutes, but the episode is an integral stream of multilingual avant-garde sound in which things drift, flow together and apart, and I urge you to take the whole experience in...

Here is the written programme for the episode, containing the text.

Thanks to Dirk Vekemans et. al. for this haunting embodiment/s of that text!

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Just released: Black Scat Review #18!

The Gautier, Verlaine and Rimbaud poems therein are my first translations published outside mOnocle-Lash. A little offering of 19th Century avant-garde poems about partying.
Black Scat is a lively literary cabaret-act of experimental fiction, poetry, erotica, translations of 19th Century Bohemian and Decadent work, and what have you – the flagship PRINT journal of a very interesting press (the name a play off the 19th Century Bohemian group/cabaret/journal Black Cat).

Saturday, 9 November 2019


THE IN-APPROPRIATED PRESS #16 is now available! Purchase Here!

This issue includes a small section devoted to Steve Dalachinsky, who passed away as it was being edited. Featuring work by Steve Dalachinsky, Philosophy Inc, Olchar E. Lindsann, Scott MacLeod, Wilheim Katastrof, Musicmaster, Admiral Aaron Andrews, J.D. Nelson, William Repass, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett, Jack Foley, Joe Abel, Dr. mOBiUs dITcH, Ivan Argüelles, bela b. Grimm, Catherine Mehrl Bennett, Tom Cassidy, Mark Young, Volodymyr Bilyk, Juanita Chriss, Binx the Kitten, & Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes.
As a special bonus, the first 10 monocle-lash purchases (i.e. every single purchase and then some...) will receive a full set of four new mOnocle-Lash bookmarks by C. Mehrl Bennett, Musicmaster, Reid Wood, and Jim Leftwich.
Also newly available in pamphlet form is Lindsann's essay "Speaking of Difference" which appeared in the in-Appropriated Press #10. Add it to your order for less than a buck HERE!

And be ready for more publications, including one by Alfred Jarry (translated by Amy Oliver) before the year ends!

Saturday, 26 October 2019

New mOnocle-Lash Release/s on the Russian Avant-Garde!

NEW PUBLICATION + a SPECIAL PROMOTION for the full collection of mOnocle-Lash's publications of the RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE!
Support the continuation of avant-garde publishing in print!

Death to Art
–by Vasilisk Gnedov
Translated by Volodymyr Bilyk
-cover by Bradley Chriss
full cover for web
The Poet Vasilisk Gnedov was a unique and seminal figure in the Russian Futurist movement, but remains virtually unknown in English. This double translation of Gnedov’s minimal 1913 masterpiece by the Ukranian avant-garde poet Volodymyr Bilyk, in which two translations using distinct approaches face off against each other and meet in the book’s centerfold, reveal both Gnedov’s linguistic playfulness and his previously-unnoticed interventions of the Ukrainian language into his primarily Russian texts. In these poems, language is compressed past the point which syntax or even words can support, and new crystalline units of language glisten up at us from the page. With a tipped-in biographical introduction by the translator.
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30 pgs on folded 8.5”x11” + tipped-in Introduction.  Oct, A.Da. 103/A.H. 189 (2019)


The Russian Avant-Garde Collection: 5 Chapbook Set
by Gleb Kolomiets, Denis Beznesov, Vasilisk Gnedov, Volodymyr Bilyk, Inna Kirillova, & others.
russian set enveope example for web 1  russian set enveope example for web 2

Synapse-Slova Print Edition Front Cover outer circle catalog cover for web
Beznosov Glasseyed Pipe cover for web new hamlet cover image for web 0102_002
Over the past decade, mOnocle-Lash’s mission has slowly but steadily encompassed the forging of alliances among the Russian-speaking avant-garde, and this specially-packaged and -priced set collects five mOnocle-Lash publications of English-language translations of Russian texts, asemia and texts written in English by Russian writers, and collaborations with Russian presses and groups, spanning the years 2013 to our very newest release, mailed together as a “boxed” set in a specially printed envelope, customized with rubber-stamps in the zaum tradition.
The set ordinarily represents $1.50 savings over all books brought separately (with the envelope tossed in). Through the end of 2019, our special promotion offers it to you AT COST for $15!
  1. The Slova-Synapse Bilingual Issue, ed. Gleb Kolomiets & Olchar Lindsann (2015): The Russian journal Slova in partnership with mOnocle-Lash’s flagship occasional-periodical Synapse, with all texts presented in parallel English and Russian – 64 pages of underground poetry, art, & essays by the Russian and Anglophone avant-gardes.
  2. The Outer Circle – Ideas and Forms of the Contemporary Russian Avant-Garde, ed. Gleb Kolomiets & Olchar Lindsann (2014): The exhibition catalog of the exhibition of the same name, organized by mOnocle-Lash and Slova, and held in the Liminal Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia in March 2014. Includes essays, manifestos, biographies of participating artists and writers, and listings of exhibited pieces.
  3. Glasseyed Pipe, by Denis Beznesov (2014): Over 40 pages of continually unpredictable and playful verse in English by the Russian avant-garde poet.
  4. New Hamlet, by Gleb Kolomiets & Inna Kirillova (2013): A darkly sardonic play that examines family dysfunction in post-Soviet Russia.
  5. Death to Art, by Vasilisk Gnedov, trans. Volodymyr Bilyk (1913/2019): A double translation of the Russian Futurist’s minimal 1913 masterpiece, rendered into English twice by the Ukranian avant-garde poet Volodymyr Bilyk, using distinct approaches to face off against each other, meeting in the book’s centerfold.
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Issued as a Set in October, A.Da. 103/A.H. 189 (2019) $15 + 6.00 s/h

Monday, 15 July 2019

Lecture: A Social History of the Avant-Garde

On July 4 at the AfterMAF festival in Roanoke, VA, I delivered a lecture on the 19th Century Avant-Garde, focusing on the social history, rather than the aesthetic – an anthropological and micro-historical rather than "art/literary history" approach. Here's the video of the presentation. I only got through the Symbolists in the lecture that day, but I'm posting here the lecture notes carrying the story all the way up to the present, and the corresponding slides for the notes, which contain much more detailed information.

I've not had time to assemble a bibliography specific to this lecture, but to trace a bit of information or do follow-up research on your own, email me at (messages sent via the blog have a tendency not to reach me for months) and I can point you toward relevant sources and/or my bibliographies of related projects. This may eventually become a book, but that would be several years down the road.

Here's the video of the lecture up to the end of the 19th Century (Romanticism through Symbolism & Decadence):

Here are the LECTURE NOTES for the entire history.

Here the accompanying SLIDES including images, charts, and more detailed information referred to in the lecture.

Resurrecting the Bouzingo: Lecture: A Social History of the Avant-Garde

Resurrecting the Bouzingo: Lecture: A Social History of the Avant-Garde: On July 4 at the AfterMAF festival in Roanoke, VA, I delivered a lecture on the 19th Century Avant-Garde, focusing on the social history, ...

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Starting the long process of preparing an edition of my Collected Essays, 2005–20 (hoping to publish next year or 2021). It'll leave out a few stray and early pieces but also includes a lot of short, scattered writings, some unpublished work, and I plan to ask a few people to include their essays that directly prompted or responded to my own. A prospective table of contents (which will doubtless grow as I keep writing over the next year):
  1. Three Evils of Modernism: Explained! (2004)
  2. Seek and Destroy: Modernist Strategies for the Suppression of Anti-Art (2005)
  3. Toward a Breathing Text: The Art of Madness (2005)
  1. Read This Shit: Some Obvious Remarks on the Necessity of the Book (2006?)
  2. Make it Home, Not Art [w/New Jersey PNA] (2007)
  3. Against Complicity: On the Hydra-Headed Collective (2007)
  4. Dartington, A Eulogy: An Open Letter on Community, Pedagogy, History, and the Life & Death of Utopian Institutions (2010)
  6. On Performance and Documentation (from blog) (c.2010/11?)
  7. On Fun (2011)
  8. Notes on Organising Communal Events (2014)
  9. Introduction to The Outer Circle: Ideas and Forms of the Contemporary Russian Avant-Garde (2014)
  10. Extract from King Jaundice on invisibility of unskilled labour to power (2015)
  11. Slova extract from Open Letter to the Avant-Garde (2016)
  12. On Pedagogy and Disciplinarity (c. 2017)
  13. How Do We Know? A Few Notes on Reclaiming Knowledge for Life (2017)
  14. Post-NeoAbsurdist Conversation Notes (2018)
  15. Learning Behaviors: Violence and the American Schools (2018)
  16. S.tandards O.f L.earning (2018)
  17. Speaking of Difference: A Loosely Related Collocation of Axioms (2018)
  18. On the Community of Activated Obsessions (2018)
  19. Section 1 of Avantopia with Dummies (2019)
  1. Cheating Art History (2005)
  2. On Anachronism as Dissent (2006 /09)
  3. Toward a Radical Historiography: Creative Sociality and the Traditions of Dissent (2011 /)
  4. Manifesto on Archiving FROM BOOKMARK (2012 /15?)
  5. Practical notes on Micro-Archiving
  6. Notes on the Emergence of the Yellow Sign (c.2014)
  7. On Feminism in Utopian & Marxist Socialism (2014)
  8. Post-script to King Jaundice (2015)
  9. Letter to Emily Wampler on Krysinski on the Avant-Garde (c.2016?)
  10. Forward (and Back), Editorial Statement of Révenance: A Zine of Hauntings from Underground Histories (2016)
  11. pRe-face to Some Potential Histories (2017)
  12. Preface to Theatres of War in the Assault on Culture (2019)
  1. Carmen Pro Pleroma: A Brief Treatise Concerning the Invocation of Yog Sothoth (2006 /14)
  2. Toward (and away from) a (potential) Nagean Pataphysics (2006 /14)
  3. Supplemental Open Letter regarding ‘Toward a Nagean Pataphysics’ (2006 /2014)
  5. Preface to Post-Neo Anti-Prophesies (2011)
  6. Useless Preface to a Romantasemic Writing [w/Leftwich & Gautier] (2014)
  7. On Intellectual Culture and the Experience of Time (c.2016)
  8. On Reading as Necromancy (c.2017)
  9. A Rant and Object Lesson in Translation, Respect, & Romanticist Poetics (2018)
  10. Notes on New Criticism, Post-Structuralism, & Post-Modernism (c.2018)
  11. Galatea Resurrects Post on the Profanities Poems (2018)
  12. On the Real and its Other (c.2018)
  13. On the Kabbala (c. 2018)
  14. Two Cities: On Carcosa and Golgonooza (2018)
  1. A Moment of Bennett (2009)
  2. Introduction to Revised Edition of Jim Leftwich’s Doubt (2009)
  3. Micro-Essay on Peter Ganick’s Remove a Concept (2009)
  4. Micro-Essay on Peter Ganick’s It’s Only Po-Et-Ry and I like It (2010)
  5. Introduction to John M. Bennett’s Textis Globbolalicus, Vol. 3 (2011)
  6. Eulogy for Jeff Hanneman (2013)
  7. Introduction to Petrus Borel’s Lycanthropy: Shreds Torn from ‘Rhapsodies’ (2014)
  8. Preface to Denis Beznesov’s Glasseyed Pipe (2014)
  9. Micro-Essay on Agrüelles’ Fiat Lux (2014)
  10. Preface to Joseph Bouchardy’s The Garrick Remedy (2015)
  11. Review of Jules Verne’s Paris in the 20th Century (2015)
  12. Introduction to Imogene Engine’s I, Engine: Collected & New Works (2016)
  13. Introduction to Leftwich’s Rascible & Kempt, Vol. 2 (2016)
  14. Micro-Essay on Vol. 2 (2016)
  15. Review of Fiddler’s Green Magazine (2017)
  16. Critical Afterward to Argüelles’ Fragments of a Gone World: Joe & I & Others: Poems (2017)
  17. Two Death Metal Shows: A Micro- Anti- Review (2017)
  18. Mini-Review of Claire Goldberg Moses & Leslie Wahl Rabine, Feminism, Socialism, and French Romanticism (2018)
  19. Publisher’s Forward to Vol. 4 of Nellson’s translation of Wordsworth’s Prelude (2018)
  20. 3 Zine Micro-Reviews (2018)
  21. Micro-Essay on Jim Leftwich & Billy Bob Beamer’s Sound Rituals (2018)
  22. Review of mIEKEL aND, Hreadlines du jour (2019)
  23. Review of Georges Bataille et. al., The Sacred Conspiracy (2019)
  24. Review of Stéphane Mallarmé, The Book (2019)

Friday, 12 July 2019

Going on Mini-Tour!

It's taken over 15 years, but holy crap I'm doing a (short) tour:

July 23: Baltimore, MD @ the true vine record shop
July 24: Easton, PA @ the Book & Puppet Co.
July 25: West Haven, CT @ Crunch House
July 26: Kingston, NY @ Kingston Artists Collective + Cafe
July 27: Willimantic, CT @ Willimantic Records
July 28: Philadelphia, PA @ Vox Populi

Olchar Lindsann & Jack Wright

Crashing Around
Samples of Olchar here and Jack here

Olchar Lindsann would be called a sound poet, but that's just a cover for creative howling --“vocal contortions & frothing at the mouth." Trigger warning for slobbering, but draws the line at spitting. Yes he does write, but he will only be scribbling on this tour behind the scenes. He's been called "A rootless cosmopolitan and cultural radical who finds scraps of solace and inspiration down by the Roanoke River"--a wanderer from the Midwest, then the UK, and back to New Jersey, but now frimly rooted in Roanoke, where he lives a relatively normal life, like the rest of us (ahem, speak for yourself...)
Jack Wright responds to the word "musician" and "saxophonist" (among others) and he too is mild-mannered in most social situations, doesn't kill most animals, and obeys most road signs. He improvises, sometimes astutely, sometimes foolishly, but never with the intent to make "music." Whatever it is, he makes more sounds on the saxophone than you are likely to have heard.
The two will be on tour end of July--Baltimore the 23rd at the True Vine; Easton the 24th at the Book and Puppet; New Haven the 25th at Crunch House; Kingston at the Art Cafe the 26th; Willimantic CT at the Record Store; and finishing up the 27th in Philly . They'll perform together vocally as a duo, and separately as well, doing whatever they please.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

New Translation Release: André Salmon's Cartomancy

New Release:
–– by André Salmon & Apa
–––– translated by Olchar E. Lindsann

André Salmon (1881-1969) was one of the originators of literary Cubism, publishing more than twenty books of avant-garde poetry, around a dozen books of fiction, and among the first monographs of many of the Cubist and other modernist painters; very little of his work (especially his poetry and fiction) has been translated into English.
This densely enigmatic, yet pretty raunchy poem cycle reflects Salmon’s idiosyncratic involvement with hermeticism and the occult, using the standard playing deck rather than the Tarot. Salmon builds a dense collage of hermetic, mythological, and historical systems into these extremely compressed little stanzas, while the syntax becomes increasingly fractured as they progress.
The accompanying cubist card designs were designed in conjunction with Salmon’s text by the Spanish cartoonist Apa (Felíu Elías Bracons).
The poem and images were published in 1921 in Issue 2 of the Cubo-Dadaist journal Action, edited by Pierre Reverdy. Due to a printer’s or editor’s error, in all copies the sequence was truncated partway through the tenth poem, and apparently never reprinted. The remainder is lost to history.
13 pgs. on folded 8.5″x11″. Feb., A.Da. 103. (2019 Anti-Vulgar)
$1.50 + 0.75 s/h or trade

Sunday, 10 February 2019


NOW AVAILABLE on mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press: the First Half of my 'pataphysical, uh "Gothic", um, (anti-)"Novel" set in a mash-up cross-temporal avant-garde utopia THE HORSE-KILLER!
The Korse-Killer: A Gothic Novel of the Avant-Garde; Vol. I
by Monk O’Lindsann
An Anti-Tale of Melodrama, Passion, Blasphemy, & Absurdity in an Avant-Garde Anti-Utopia Beyond Time, Space, or Sense – a world where poets, artists, and mystics from two centuries of countercultural anarchy live, love, and beat their auxiliary brainpan cenacle monocles side-by-side, none of them making a damn lick of sense. The first of two volumes; look for the conclusion around 2021-22!
“Her voluptuousness was beyond the overweaning hubris of description. She rent her moustache, beat her auxiliary breast, and not daring to quit Alfred Jarry, endeavoured by bruitist cries to summon the horse-killers to her conspiratorial collaboration. She at length succeeded. Alarmed by her shrieks, several of the Brothers-in-Anti leapt savagely to the spot, and the Historiographer was conveyed back to the Catacombs. He was immediately put to gingerbread-coffin, and the horse-killer who officiated as Shaman and Barber-Surgeon to the Cénacle prepared to examine the wound. By this unconsciousness Alfred Jarry’s brain-pan had swelled to an extraordinary opacity; the remedies which had been administered to him, ’tis sophistical, restored him to intersticial life, but not to his senses; he raved in all the ecstasies of delirium, foamed at the dada, and four of the strongest horse-killers were scarcely able to firmly clench him in his gingerbread-coffin.”
“A grand old hack of good old “Monk”Lewis’ classic gothic old novel, turned inside out and old unanti’d I hear; I couldn’t old make it through it myself. (old)”
     ––Sir Chad Niral-Nelson 
Perfect-bound, 6″x9″, 168 pgs. Jan., A.Da. 103 / A.H. 189 (2019 Anti-Vulgar)
$15.00 + s/h
at mOnocle-Lash, but ultimately (sorry) you'll end up buying it via Amazon (this will probably be the last one like that)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Seven New Releases from mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press!

A Fistful of New Releases from mOnocle-Lash!

Our winter labour have paid off, and mOnocle-Lash is proud to present one full-length AND one chapbook of poetry, new issues of BOTH of our journals, and three new TLPs.

Check out the website for details and to buy PRINT copies and download FREE EBOOKS of all releases!

Leftwich & beamer’s Sound Rituals must be purchased through Amazon; the rest are available at the mOnocle-Lash website. For what it’s worth, the price of all seven is under $25… AND I LOVE TO TRADE…

(And, all titles are available as free ebooks via the Internet Archive, linked through the m-Lash website)

1) Sound Rituals
by Jim Leftwich & billy bob beamer, Introduction by John M. Bennett
Playful and plaintive collaborative Poems by two avant-masters –
Perfect-bound, 92 pgs. Jan., A.Da. 102 (2018) – $9.00 + s/h

2) The Prelude–or, I Get Smarter: A Poem About Me”, Volume 4.
–by William Wordsworth, Translated into Even-More-Boring-and-Trite by Fast-Sedan Nellson.
The widely-anticipated continuation of mOnocle-Lash’s most popular series.
20 pgs. on folded 8.5” x 11”. Jan., A.Da. 102 (2018) – $2.00 + 0.50 s/h

3) Rêvenance: A Zine of Hauntings from Underground Histories. Issue 3.
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Histories & Translations of the 19th Century Avant-garde; this issue focuses on libertine currents among the Bouzingo group (1829-34) and tension between underground and commercial culture.
36 pgs on folded 8.5”x14”. Jan., A.Da. 102/A.H. 188 (2018) – $5.50 + 1.50 s/h

4) THE IN-APPROPRIATED PRESS #9: The Impeccable Pig.
––ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Post-NeoAbsurdist anti-culture from Roanoke, VA and around the world; this issue includes reports from the infamous anti-Klan rally at Charlottesville and the Richmond Zine Fest.
16 pgs on folded 11”x17”. Jan., A.Da. 102 (2018)
$3.00 + 1.00 s/h

5–7/8) Warren Fry  TLP  4-Pack!
Four Tiny, Tacky Little pamphlets by Warren Fry (three of them brand-new) for only $1.00! Includes TWO micro-Role-Playing Games, some collage, and a nonsensical collaboration with Olchar E. Lindsann.
8 pgs. each on quartered 8.5” x 11”.
Four-Piece Set for $1.00 + 0.75 s/h or trade.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Now Available: ARTHUR DIES, Vol. 2

Arthur Dies, First Chronicle, Vol. 2, is officially released, on Luna Bisonte!

This is my poetic life's work, one of the few in which I've tried/am trying to articulate, in one form, my entire praxis and world-view (along with The Ecstatic Nerve and a couple unpublished projects). Nearly 200 pages of avant-archaic anti-epic verse.

Buy Here
From Ivan Argüelles' Introduction:
As archaic as any in an era caught between a crumbling Roman Empire and an as yet undefined future Middle Kingdom, in an outlying and ghostly province where myth and language distort into a syntax forged from a linguistic spoon heated by metaphysics and madness, ARTHUR DIES takes root in the deracinated mind of a chronicler not at home in any temporal scheme and who remains uninhibited by orthographies and grammar rules. Moons away from the modern, Olchar E. Lindsann's projected verse history of the legendary King Arthur takes the reader into realms haunted by lost books and languages in formation. Lopped off words, abstractions and musings about mostly death and transformation, the text as it unravels in its its varying and diverse interpolations and asides becomes a music at times of unbearable beauty and imagination.
Luna Bisonte Prods has now published the first 2 volumes of ARTHUR DIES :First chronicle, heirs of Constantine, vol. 1 published in 2015 and now vol. 2 in 2017. This work in progress with its linguistic inventiveness may be like nothing written since Finnegans Wake! Its obvious antecedent is Malory's Le Morte Darthur, the outstanding prose work of Middle English, and its French originals. Other sources include Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and of course William Blake. But it delves deeper than that, as if into some rusted Jungian unconscious, dredging to light deformed or mangled linguistic and mythic artifacts, barely pronounceable in the dreamer's ear.
[ . . . ]
Indeed as one proceeds through this marvelous text familiar characters, such as Merlin or Vivienne, are encountered beyond the reach of common language, in a world of divinations and sepulchers, in domains where chaotic punctuation and syntactic disorder abound. This is in fact an epic both in the traditional sense of the word, and in the approach of an anti-poetics perspective of what can be undone in that tradition. In its sweeping texts and and contexts it embodies not only the imagined or fictive culture of the twilight era alluded to, but those of our own post-modern and failed civilization with all its cultural and literary -isms that have arisen from an original "avant-garde". Lindsann combines the mythical Avalon with Blake's Albion, pursuing these emblematic nomenclatures to their illogical fusion in an always enigmatic concatenation of events and personages flung about in a supreme and deft literary whirl.
The style and techniques of this epic are at the same its essence: the nonchalant and often ambiguous halts and starts, incomplete sentences, apparently erratic capitalizations, stuttering repetitions, long blocks of prose (as in v. 2) , hand-drawn diagrams (in v. 2), misspellings and deliberately archaic language going back to Middle English or Anglo-Saxon, which of course lend an authenticity to the poem.
[ . . . ]
It is important to note that vol. 1 and 2 differ in stylistic respects quite markedly. Vol. 1 appears more traditionally lyrical, for all its deviant and highly experimental aspects, in both its sensibilities and format, while vol. 2 has a more rugged archaic epic feel, more like the Iliad in its martial paeans and choruses. Vol. 2 contains long monolithic prose chronicle sections that give it an aspect of historicity, and which often bring us up to date with references to Standing Rock, Putin, Homeland Security, etc.
[ . . . ]
This work, of which these are only the first two installments (Arthur is yet to be born, let alone die), is one of sheer, mad genius, alternately enervating and exhilarating, with few if any parallels in contemporary literature. One can question whether this is really poetry or merely the end of literature itself.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Three New mOnocle-Lash Releases

JUST REALEASED! Three New Publications from Monocle-Lash Anti-Press, available in print practically at cost, or as FREE PDFs from the m-Lash website!

All edited by me, two containing my short essays and translations––

This is a distinctly cross-generational release:  Two of these are published under the Revenants Editions imprint and bring to light texts from the very early avant-garde for the first time in English, and the first time in any language for over a century. The other makes one of the first and most hated/popular turn-coat apostates in avant-history accessible to a new generation of lazy readers:


1.) Rêvenance: A Zine of Hauntings from Underground Histories. Issue 1.
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann

Rêvenance is the flagship journal of the Revenant Editions series, dedicated to the forgotten or untold histories of 19th Century avant-garde and other countercultures. It includes essays, translations, and many experimental forms of historical writing and research that connect those traditions to continuing radical communities today.
The first issue features translations (by Olchar Lindsann and Raymond Ernest André III) of work by Alphonse Allais, Gérard de Nerval, Maurice Rollinat, Alphonse Karr & Georges d’Heylli; poetic re-workings of Charles Nodier & Michel Roly by John M. Bennett; poems in Volapük by Francis Vielé-Griffin and Michael Helsem; essays by Gleb Kolomiets and Olchar Lindsann; visual texts by Edward Kulemin; and a conversation by Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett & Peter Ciccariello about Rea Nikonova, Malevich, and the Incoherents group of the 1880s.
32 pgs on folded 8.5”x14”. Sept., A.Da. 100 (2016).
$5.00 + 1.00 s/h or Free Download
2.) Pif Paf Patapan! A Sampler of Phonetic Poetry From the 19th Century
–by Paul Verlaine, Théophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, & Francis Vielé-Griffin; ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Though Phonetic Poetry as a designated, focused practice was developed in the early years of the 20th Century, experiments with phonetics and non-semantic sound have been explored in the avant-garde since at least 1830. These are the poets who were read by the Futurists, Dadas, and Zoumists, and whose experiments (and others’?) they consolidated into a new form.
8 pgs on folded 8.5” x 11”. Sept., A.Da. 100 (2016).
$1.00 + 1.00 s/h or Free Download
NOTE: Verlaine poem is flawed in the online version of the PDF, due to some obscure coding flaw that changes PDFs when displayed online. Email for a free uncorrupted version of the file. Sorry!
3.) The Prelude: Book 3
—by William Wordsworth
——translated into Even-More-Boring-and-Trite by Fast Sedan Nellson
From the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Translators’, this is the third volume in Nellson’s copiously annotated translation of Wordsworth’s 230-page biographical poem into an obscure dialect of English, ‘Even-More-Boring-and-Trite’. (Wordsworth’s original poem is in a related dialect, ‘Boring-and-Trite’.) To be issued over several years as a set of 14 volumes, followed by an eventual deluxe perfect-bound edition with parallel translation and extensive introduction and commentary.
Vol. III Continues Wordsworth’s boring adventures as “I Live in Cambridge”.
16 pgs. on folded 8.5″x11″. Feb, A.Da. 96. (2012 Anti-Vulgar)
$1.50 + 1.00 s/h or trade or Free Download
Later this month, look for the long-awaited 'Collected Works' of Imogene Engine, and maybe some more goodies as well!

Monday, 9 May 2016

"The Immortal Accursed" published in 'Mythic Delirium'

Since I've been to busy to share much of anything concerning my own activity for the last month or two, here finally is my blasphemous Frenetic villanelle 'The Immortal Accursed' in the recent issue of "Mythic Delirium", amongst a wicked array of dark fantasy and horror:

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Lecture at the Aldus Society, Columbus, Ohio

Last week I had the honour of traveling to my old haunt of Columbus, Ohio to give a presentation called Freed From a Parchment Jail about the Revenant Archive for the bibliophiles of the Aldus Society at the Thurber Center. I spoke about the first-generation avant-garde in the 1830s, using books from the archive as the guiding thread. I also had the opportunity to meet some intriguing bibliophiles and scholars, explore the Special Collections Library at Ohio State University, and catch up with some old friends and collaborators (though not everybody I'd wish).

Here is the announcement for the talk:

Thursday, 31 March 2016

New Addition to the Revenant Archive: Bouchardy's 'Paris le Bohémien'

Another recent addition to the Revenant Archive: the script of the popular gothic play "Paris the Bohemian", written by the Bouzingo co-founder Joseph Bouchardy and published alongside its 1842 premier. For a full report, see the Revenant Archive update on it, HERE.

 Revenant Editions recently published Talia Felix's first English translation of Bouchardy's work, his short story 'The Garrick Remedy' (Read Here)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

On Intellectual Culture and the Experience of Time

A remark by Baudelaire which haunts me: “I would gladly write only for the dead.” One could just as easily say: “…for the unborn.”

One result of extensive and passionate reading throughout early life, when the contours of subjectivity are being formed—and thus a pervasive trait within intellectual subcultures generally—is a radical relativisation of time as it relates to the subject: the visceral investment of that subject in historical time, with an integrality which most others seem to invest only in the lived time of their direct experience. Historical time, along with the forms of relation that traverse it, ceases to be experienced as abstract. In its most concentrated form, this investiture encompasses not only or primarily ‘the past’, but the unfolding of the historical process itself, and the potential-objects (one might say pataphysical objects, with the second word placed under erasure) that are imminent, or can be imaged as such, within a historical future. So that the epoch in which one lives—indeed, the conscious life one lives—is experienced less as a plenitude which ‘past’ and ‘future’ lack, than as a constraint against which one’s life continuously agitates. One’s literal life becomes analogous to the Ego of psychoanalysis: the active function of a subjectivity that indefinitely exceeds it. One ‘is’ whatever one’s work, one’s effect, will be, and whatever one has drawn into one’s self through it. Past and Future (with all the dissemenatory movement of the latter) become sites of the unconscious. This radical infusion of the process of subjectivity with the materials of social and historical process underlie the very possibility of  intellectual experience and culture. This state of existing lies at the root of the constant theme within the avant-garde of being at odds with one’s epoch, of being born too late or too early, jarring against one’s time—from Nanteuil, Bertrand and Gautier to Huysmans and Mallarmé to Hugo Ball. It is also what, in a sometimes stumbling manner, Coleridge, Hazlitt, and earlier Samuel Johnson and others in a certain British discourse were attempting to approach in their thinking on ‘fame’. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Notes on the Emergence of Nihilism and the Yellow Sign

A series of displacements trace the progressive emergence of Nihilism from Philosophy: 

Operation #1: From Logos as origin to Logos as principle (Kant, Hume, Secular Humanism)
Operation #2: From Logos as principle to Logos as contingent projection or operative tool (by implication, subject as logos or unitary point) (Deism, Utopian Socialism, Bergson, Post-Levi Occultism)
Operation #3: Elimination of unitary subject as source or origin of this application (Artaud, Blanchot, Derrida, Kristeva)
Operation #4:  ?????????????????????

In terms of the corollary radical subjective praxis examined in The Ecstatic Nerve, one could indicate this progression from Blake and Nerval to Huysmans and Jarry to Schwitters.

The advent of the idea of the absent centre of the subject, and subsequently that of the absence or im-propriety of a 'centre' as such, is what opens the thinkability, and then the possibility, of the development of 'subjects' without biological properties or cognitive 'centres', subjectivities not founded in the experience of 'self' but rather exploring it as one articulation of a subjectivity whose defining experience is elsewhere. It is thus that the Yellow Sign has most generally been most effective or discernible when articulated or approached in relation to negative/nihilist/antiplatonic models of Thought.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Notes on the Real and its other

In its intelligent applications, Divination--whatever the degree of one's skepticism regarding its strictly 'predictive' action--puts into practice an understanding of the mechanism by which 'events' unfold in time; it is an art of asking questions, which in themselves constitute a field of contexts and themes within which the 'future', and the imminent events which are set into motion, will become manifest.

Magic seems to work best when one forgets it is occurring; the fantastic weaves itself into the same weft of impossibility through which the patterning of the Real itself is woven. Thus the reconception of ceremonial magic via techniques of devising (as of performance) on the one hand, and via the epistemological maleability of childhood play on the other.

The Imaginary vs. the Real object: fixation.
In the former, the 'Idea' that is being fixed is not proper, its form kaleidoscopically changing its aspect and articulation, the object itself so vibrant with significance as to compromise itself as object, sliding continually back half-way into the subject; in the latter, the object as object is persistent, truly fixed, whilst its implications are on the other hand held further at bay, qualitatively—as a fixed point in a fixed space, the object establishes the spacial terrain through which thought will articulate and organise itself.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

On Utopian and Marxist Socialism

The phallocentrism that Marxist hegemony established within socialism: Notwithstanding Marxism's alleged hostility to religion of any kind, it espouses an entirely orthodox religious conception of social change. The capacity for change is invested solely in a Revolution on the millenarian model: buttressed by an asceticism of the present (no real change until the universal proletarian uprising), a distance from the Ideal is maintained and deferred until The moment of Truth, The moment of overturning when everything turns inside out in one spectacular shudder of history, smashing and destroying the old order. The Revolution will come like God, separating the worthy from the unworthy, a kind of historico-celestial taxonomist, whilst the Proletariat, like the Four Riders of the Apocalypse, go about their fated business of establishing the earthly paradise. Whilst the utopian socialisms whose models were effaced by the Marxist hegemony, who so often (Saint-Simon, Fourier) framed themselves in religious terms, ironically conceived of change on a more materialist basis (in a sense hostile to Hegelian Idealist-Materialism to which Marx and Engels fell prey despite themselves), a more organic basis. The phalanstery as a seed, planted in the social soil; the transformation of society likened not to a tiresome Oedipal drama but to the planting of a forest, and the gradual symbiotic transformation of an environment.

Likewise, it is no wonder that Feminism, so central to socialist discourse early in the 19th Century, became a merely tertiary concern in the wake of Marxism, despite Marx and Engels being in no way hostile to its principles. Marxism is rigidly phallocentric, indeed it never ceases to conceive the phenomenon of Revolution in terms of a seizing of the centralised State-Phallus, a single orgasmic juissance that gives access to an entry into 'power' from the top of an inherited hierarchy, whose effects will then trickle back down to an abstracted populace from whom the energy had originated. 'We' will all share Power after the Revolution, but only by all being given a share of the phallus. And this Phallus-State will be directed by, infused with, an Ideology which will activate its power. What room is there in this vision for the diffused network of autonomous communities envisioned by other socialisms; for the slow and unpredictable growth of new patterns of life which, while sharing many structural principles and perhaps a common inspiration, nonetheless cannot be submitted to any central authority? To a model in which actual revolutionary practice is set in motion on microcosmic scale, to succeed or fail in the midst of what it opposes, without the intervention of the World Spirit, even in Communist form? A model in which, in the last analysis, the specificity of the commune, of the particular attempt—that which will resist both ideological speculation and the priority of numbers, of quantity, in designating 'success'—will ultimately determine the success of the revolution on every level. Despite its many insufficiencies, 'utopian socialism' posited a model of Revolution founded in the existent, in the Real, while 'dialectical materialism' posits a model of Revolution founded in the Imaginary, as always deferred, ahead—in the 'next life'.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Notes on Archiving

The physicality, the embedding in real space, the dead weight of the book which, object that it is, is so unapologetically oblivious to the virtuality of Thought, renders the very notion of consciousness more palpable--and simultaneously, more fundamentally impossible than any virtual, digital, or more entirely visual text could do. The age of the old book, its persistence through a span of time longer than any human life; the traces of those lives, and the consciousness itself (whose impossibility is thus even more disturbingly revealed) of its age, make imminent a relationship to time and subjectivity that underpins the notion of 'existence' as such.

To hold and read such a book, with the care and delicacy and even the small risk that it entails, cradling it in one's hands as the boards stretch always a bit farther away from the spine, physiologically enacts an act of reverence, a physical recognition of the precarious thread by which the notion of humanity, not to say being, is suspended in its own void: a thread so thin as to vanish at the very moment it becomes apprehensible.

A well-directed archive is like Perseus' mirror: looking toward the past, we advance toward the future. Staring at ourselves, we approach what we intend to destroy.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Notes on Music, Living, and Writing

Polyphony: in, for instance, a piano étude the mode of interaction of two or more threads of sound—the left-hand part & the right-hand part, each forming distinct rhythmic/melodic/harmonic entities whose interaction with each other is complex and periodic—this mode of interaction and rhythm and the distinction/merging of identities might serve as a model for thinking through many things: the rhythm of a friendship, for example, two (or more) distinct ways of living, paces of living, rhythms of living, which accompany each other, dance against each other, separate and merge.

I sense an affinity between the Sonnet and the String Quartet, something I cannot put my finger on: something to do with the constraints, and restraint, against which certain kinds of richness are able to make themselves felt with particular frisson. A vehicle for condensation. Mendelssohn's 6th String Quartet reminds my nerves of sonnets by Mallarmé or Donne.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

On Organising Events

In what terms do we spacialise social praxis, in our conceptualising the transformations we wish to bring about?

We may attempt to effect the contours of the social field, to redefine the edges of what we conceive as socially possible, the shape of our communal horizons. We may encourage a particular trajectory, a progressive development or movement of a community's praxis from one set of co-ordinates to another, following a horizon whose continual receding we affect in order to shift the centre of communal activity in a direction designated as 'forward'. We may seek to redefine the social landscape of a community, the options and recognised activities which present themselves as habitual opportunities for engagement, through which collective life organises or orients itself. Or we may seek to transform the texture of social experience, the modalities of everyday life that lay below whatever threshold of 'event' or proper 'practice' pertains at a given moment.

The way in which the 'event' situates itself in relation to the social life into which it is an intervention will take on a different character in relation to these various models. To the extent that it seeks to extend the contours of the possible, it will seek an elusive jouissance, a moment of experience exceeding our ability to socially articulate it. To the extent that it aims toward a trajectory, it will cultivate a particular kind of inadequacy, a spur toward desire that will point its participants toward something beyond itself. In seeking to affect the social landscape, it will concern itself with a characteristic pleasure, and be attentive for possibilities of growth-in-repetition, for the capacity of this pleasure to act as a vehicle of both grounding and growth. To the extent that it seeks to affect the texture of social life, it will concern itself with the percolation of its effects 'down' into the communal soil, the integration of its activities into the semi-conscious of the community, where a circumscribed 'event' will no longer be necessary in order to perpetuate the practices or awarenesses that it fosters.