The Medium Is The Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan] edited by Lance Strate & Adeena Karasick
Oracle of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us and offer new windows into the world. This diverse collection brings together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as both medium and muse. Like McLuhan's work, this volume will delight, divert, provoke, incite and inspire readers to channel McLuhan in their own imagination and creative endeavors.
Lillian Allen, Michelle Rae Anderson, Mary Ann Allison Marleen Barr, David Bateman, Arthur Asa Berger bill bissett, Tony Burgess, Jerry Harp Adeena Karasick, William Marshe, John G. McDaid Jill McGinn, Elizabeth McLuhan, Peter C. Montgomery Dean Motter, Alexandra Oliver, John Oughton Si Philbrook, B.W. Powe, Robert Priest Stephen Roxborough, Lance Strate, Steve Szewczok Andrea Thompson, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott John Watts, Dale Winslow, Tom Wolfe
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throws long shadows.Somewhere between Mao's revelation of the
the vast Chinese masses, and between Colonel Sanders and Steve
revelation of the same masses and their use, nothing happened.
masses died, mostly, quickly in battle or slowly by toxins, and
wisdom of monks in the caves stayed the same. The masses and the
their caves play an ancient game in Marc Vincenz verses, a
game of poetry Go, born of the poet's encounter with real
who are at the same time a mass. China's paradoxes breathe in
Codrescu, author of So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected
"Dale Winslow's Tinderbox shows a sure, mature touch with words, and styles. Many of the poems herein blend symbolist style with contemporary rap: a rap without the theatrical ranting and bling. And from time to time one can hear or glimpse in the background an e e cummings, a John Skelton. Entertaining and thought-provoking.”
Eric McLuhan, author of Electric Language,The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake, and co-author with Marshall McLuhan of Laws of Media, and Media and Formal Cause.
"human & c.
by Rich Follett traces the harmonies of our human experience. As small moments
expand into the innumerable consolations of a creative life. Follett borrows
voices and uses forms of verse, word play, sounds; pure intelligent joy runs
through its sorrowful play. ‘America /still sings - /(lilac will, /sweetly
scent /dooryards /many millennia /hence).’ These poems are sounded out of lyric
fragment, narrative shard an enduring mosaic of our times. Words squeeze, seep,
obtrude and collide like the traumas and exudations they describe. The poems
create mayhem on unremarkable language and utterances in order to revitalize
there is /about compassion.’"
The Grand National Lobotomy is a two way book comprising an anthology of poetry and the script of John Watts' play The Last Picasso. The poetry is divided into sections including Life & Death & Philosophy, Up & Away Characters Observed, 10 Poems in a Day; all reflecting John’s sardonic humour. The Last Picasso is the story of a writer resolving things with his daughter before his death. In exchange for helping him, Picasso is allowed to return to earth and create one last great artwork!
More information about John Watt's book, play, music and upcoming tour can be found HERE:
nigel ellis (aka bruce dorlova) is a poet, songwriter and author, currently undertaking a B. Fine Arts with a major in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology. He has published in numerous print and online journals, and is perforce currently based in Brisbane Australia.
Into the Arms of the Goddess: A Kundalini Awakening by Peter Nelson
"Grounded and often humourous, this intimate account of an extraordinary shift in consciousness presents a unique outlook about what it means to be a human being on earth today. One is somehow left with a sense that this could happen to anyone."
A memory piece served up in sequence, Sugar is a fifty part, long form poem which tells the story of one woman's struggle with her own vices. Though Sugar contains the themes of drug abuse, alcoholism and hard core sexuality, they are used to explore the human condition, in particular ideas on loss, and how one copes with the solitude of heartbreak.
Sugar is in fact a love story that asks the important questions: Where do people go when they leave you?How small can love get?
"Bryson’s poems reek of Texas. Each piece is imbued and informed by a landscape which tests, but never tames her protagonists. In scenes sharply observed, her characters move through an adversarial world and while her narrators may not know for what they search, they are never without a moral compass. “... you stand outside your car / as the wind blows dirt into your mouth.” Whether environment or relationships, life is struggle. This ain’t chick lit, kids. It’s the human situation." Doc Sigerson, poet, essayist and translator
Executive Severance by Robert K. Blechman illustrations by David Arshawsky
"Executive Severance, a laugh out loud comic mystery novel, epitomizes our current cultural moment in that it is born from the juxtaposition of authorial invention and technological communication innovation. Merging creative text with new electronic context, Robert K. Blechman's novel, which originally appeared as Twitter entries, can be read on a cell phone. His tweets which merge to form an entertaining novel can't be beat. Hold the phone; exalt in the mystery--engage with Blechman's story which signals the inception of a new literary art form. "
Marleen S. Barr author of Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium
Media and Formal Cause by Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan One of the 10 best books of 2011 - Artforum Magazine
"A sage and perceptive quartet of essays - three by Marshall McLuhan, one by Eric - which capture and extend a still quintessentially unique way of thinking about media, via patterns and connections that harken to the ancient world and redound to our present and future."
Thunderation! Open up this post-atomic
cocktail of poems by Lance Strate and let it shake you up! Thunder at Darwin Station, blends
Huxleys with Darwins, evolves with jolts of Joyce and a double DNA dose of
Wells and Watsons, spins the reverberations of a blues apocalypse with a green
sprig of enlightenment, and delivers you a Galloping
Galapagos. Drink up, it will serve you right!
David Ossmanauthor, actor, member of