Spectacular World, No Bossanova; Suiting Up: Rubber; In the Netherlands…
Spectacular World, No Bossanova
My friend knows lots about conspiracies, loses
his rage. We’re all crying in the big box store.
Holiday together without the sound of holiday
and knowing so much about the mysterious thing
that dazzled those people under the mountain.
Your whispering, your whispering voice
brought us chicken and dumplings.
They were good and secret
like an idea planned otherwise,
or left out of the aimless lifeboat.
I’m late for an appointment.
There are no angels plotting the future.
Suiting Up: Rubber
In the jettisoned undersea Babylon
the guardian monsters are all here.
Let’s have a party. Hum forward
the undermatter collecting on the ball
of a light bulb.
Absolutism: where the spendthrift salaryman
needs a tie with which to hang himself.
How possible can it be to understand
the cellular phone? Again, I hear the footsteps
of Secret Idea behind me. A block of ice
containing giant monster power. This city
not bludgeoned enough. I too, am mirage.
In the Netherlands…
Little demoralizations draped off the edge
of a stage—the painterly folds catching
light and casting shadow. They are little.
They are terribly normal. If this were the Arctic,
these lightmade objects would keep
for a very long time. The dematerialization
of an object rolls slow in Greenland.
Secret Idea’s notion of equivalency belongs
in southern latitudes. The play is over.
Another production from Hollow Earth
theater. Come on, let’s go get ice cream
and kiss one another like actors.
Ethan Fugate is co-editor of the print journal POM2 (www.pompompress.com) and has poems forthcoming in Magazine Cypress, Shampoo, and Torch. He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
from A Cat at the End of the WorldBy Robert Periić and Vesna Maric
NOV 2022 | Fiction
Its hard to find historical fiction that accurately captures the worldview and mindset of the people depictedand exceedingly rare to encounter characters whose lives and thoughts feel expansive, rather than subtractive, in the remote past. Croatian writer Robert Periićs latest novel, A Cat at the End of the World, transports the reader to ancient Syracuse, and then to a colonial outpost in the Adriatic. The protagonist Kalia, servant to a wealthy family and object of torment by the scion Pigras, is accompanied by a cat named Miu and shown the first glimmer of care by a woman named Menda. In this excerpt, Periić shows how a cat's ungovernability can undo a hierarchy.
Penny Goring: Penny WorldBy Maximiliane Leuschner
SEPT 2022 | ArtSeen
Penny World at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London spans three galleries over two floors, sharing glimpses of the thirty-year-long career of Penny Goring, an artist and poet who has long worked on the fringes of the London art world, from her early days at Kingston School of Art in the early nineties until today.
Stressed WorldBy Lenore Malen
OCT 2022 | ArtSeen
Stressed World is a show made of artworks that are largely handcrafted: painted, carved, drawn, cast, or assembled. Theyre mostly intimate and human scale with some exceptions.
Matthew Wong: The New World, Paintings From Los Angeles 2016By Jessica Holmes
JUL-AUG 2022 | ArtSeen
Matthew Wong: The New World, Paintings From Los Angeles 2016 at Cheim & Read allows the viewer space to tune out from the mythological Wong and instead focus on the material Wong.