Probes of Near-Field Optical Microscopy
Who is speaking?
Who is he talking about?
Where were they?
Why were the dialogues so stiff?
Did they really challenge him about his name?
Is it AM or FM or PM or SM?
Did you sign your name?
How many times did you sign?
Was it in the triangle?
Can you show it without telling?
How does this advance your story?
Aren’t the lists too static?
Aren’t you trying too hard?
Did you go through a dictionary?
Did you go through a dictator?
Did the gate open?
Is there a plot?
Who were the masterminds behind it?
Must you twist your story to please prick heads and pussy stomach?
Is this happening before or after?
Is it him or her?
Is the gender switch by accident?
He didn’t open his eyes or all was imagined?
How long was the line on the boulevard?
How did they break the cordon line?
What’s the rationale behind the line break?
Where is the gist of the line?
Where is it going?
Why are the quotation marks missing?
Why are you against the editorial line?
Have you swallowed enough red-inked shits?
Are you in line with the center?
What’s the real purpose of your strike?
How far do you plan to take this strike?
Can you imagine the consequences of the present tense?
How could we what?
Why have we come?
Why do we come only now?
Couldn’t you see it coming?
Can’t you see the bottom line?
Can we work together on it?
What do I mean?
Are you trying so hard to impress?
Why are they wasted?
Can a giant panda swear?
Can a giant panda talk about depleting forest?
Can a baby giant panda know about androgen?
Aren’t they translated from an alien speech?
Is there any common denominator among different tongues?
Was he really screaming loud?
Was it internal uttering?
Can you tone it down?
Why are you so fond of the long sentence?
How long is a long sentence?
What sentence are you referring to?
What’s the law dictating the sentence?
So he died?
Are the letters just placeholders?
What’s the deal with Scandinavia?
Is this meant to refer to the geographical area?
Were there two statues in the Square?
Are D and S fictional characters?
How many times did you go?
Did you go there with others?
Did you go there from the east or the west?
Why did you run away?
What’s the point of repetition?
What exactly happened?
Did you see the carnage?
Are you still shaking?
When did it start?
What was the song?
Did it rain?
Was it blue or yellow?
Where is the price tag of freedom?
Did you throw the bottles?
Did you throw the basins?
Have you turned in your films?
Have you learned your lessons?
Is the world all that is the bookcase?
Do you know how to hold your tongue?
Do you know where to stick your ass?
Do I have a case?
Wang's "Mad Science in Imperial City" was the winner of 2006 Asian American Literary Award.
Returning: Hank Lazer’s field recordings of mind in morningReview by Joel Chace
DEC 21-JAN 22 | Poetry
Hank Lazers remarkable new poetry collection, field recordings of mind in morning, is a sequence of chants rung upon the constants and the changes of his returns to a place that offers solace and restoration.
Past and Present for a Creative FutureBy Charlotte Kent
MARCH 2023 | Art and Technology
Two museum shows opened in February about art and technology that, combined, span the last seventy years and present some of the different discourses surrounding the convergence of these two fields. Ill Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen, curated by Alison Hearst at The Modern Museum of Fort Worth presents nearly every contemporary medium from paintings and installations to games and face filters in an expansive exhibition of fifty artists across twelve sections touching on some of the major psycho-social outcomes of our mediated landscape. Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age 1952-1982, curated by Leslie Jones at LACMA includes prints, video, textiles and sculptural objects that admirably present a historical trajectory of artists experimentations with the possibilities of computational devices across those early years, when design limitations foregrounded composition and structure. Those constraints also contributed, occasionally, to a kind of didacticism, for which the field remains frequently derided.
four from field recordings of mind in morningBy Hank Lazer
JUL-AUG 2021 | Poetry
Hank Lazer’s poems in the Brooklyn Rail are from his forthcoming book field recordings of mind in morning (BlazeVOX), which will include links to musical improvisations with composer and banjo player Holland Hopson. Lazer has published thirty-one books of poetry, including COVID 19 SUTRAS (2020, Lavender Ink), Slowly Becoming Awake (N32) (2019, Dos Madres Press), Poems That Look Just Like Poems (2019, PURH – one volume in English, one in French), Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27), (2018, Negative Capability Press), and Thinking in Jewish (N20) (2017, Lavender Ink). In 2015, Lazer received Alabama’s most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature.
Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of ProtestBy Faride Mereb
DEC 22–JAN 23 | Art Books
Published to accompany an exhibition at Letterform Archive curated by Silas Munro, this is one of the first books to focus on how protest is visually represented through typography. But it would be naive to think that one volume could fill in the gaps created by years of censorship of an entire field, especially when those gaps result from a deeper structural issue like institutional whiteness.