Unlikely 2.0


   Children of the future Age reading this indignant page: know that in a former time Love! sweet Love! was thought a crime. —William Blake


Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz


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Interviews

prurient anarchic omnibus
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book and interviews the author, j/j hastain, July 2011
"What is it to build a body entirely out of accuracies? What is it to demand from space, that our accurate bodies be held? Books are bodies. prurient is a cosmic shape to me. Just as a body is. Just as a gender is. I really see this related to creative capacity. To burrowing into and elucidating what exists beyond the generic or the given."

Three Songs by August Traeger with an Interview by Eric Smiarowski
July 2011
"Somnaphon bicephalic records August Traeger data bending graphic artist supporter of gay marriage supporter of arts experimental music attendee noise installations graduated anthropologist archaeology enthusiast nomadic spirit noise artist project horse"

Celestial Mechanics: An Interview with Eric Basso
by Kirpal Gordon, February 2011
"I was convinced I would never write again. But, I struggled back. It was almost like starting from scratch. As to the continuity you find in the Barbarous poems with the earlier books, I'm glad to hear it, but can't account for it. I'd to make clearer something I said earlier. My burn-out began two years before my mother fell ill. I was writing less and less. Her illness may, or may not, have prolonged my silence, but wasn't the cause."

Ghost and Ganga: A Jazz Odyssey
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book and interviews the author, Kirpal Gordon, May 2010
"A few years later, after returning to the Big Apple to live, I met Cassandra Wilson at a Jazz Journalists Association shindig and told her of the impact of her project. If diva means prima donna, she is the opposite of all of that: elegant, talented and straight-ahead. That's how I picture Ganga Ghose."

An Interview with Charles Plymell
by Catfish McDaris, March 2010
"Montreal has been good to me. I was there with Burroughs, Ginsberg, Waldman, Giomo, Mary and Claude Pelieu at the Bibliotec National, in the 70's. Before we went on stage we were having dinner—Ginsberg ordered milk! Burroughs reprimanded him like he didn't have any sense, saying he didn't know what milk would do to his throat, etc. Burroughs angrily ordered his vodka."

The Books of Hopes and Dreams
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book and interviews the editor, Dee Sunshine, February 2010
"The purpose of The Book Of Hopes And Dreams was not to draw attention to the tragedy of Afghanistan (for the word "tragedy" conveys an undercurrent of helplessness), but to draw attention to the power of the human spirit (even in adversity). I wanted the focus to be on the positive rather than the negative, so that when people read this collection of poetry they are encouraged to believe in themselves, to believe in humanity, and to believe that they do have the power to change the world."

A Million Different Voices: An Interview with Sara Moss
by Gabriel Ricard, November 2009
"I don't think any artistic project can have a loftier ambition than to provoke some kind of thought or emotional response in the viewer. If that thought then leads to someone acting to explore or assert their own truth, through a creative act or by some other means, then that is success on quite a grand scale for a poetry video project."

An Interview with Adam Lowe
by Tom Bradley, October 2009
"For me, it's important to do it all. A writer who doesn't live his life doesn't have much to write about. These strands of my life aren't even separate any more—I write when I'm on the bus or in a bar, and I listen to house music when I'm at home writing."

An Interview with Vernon Frazer
by Gabriel Ricard, with video interviews by Jonathan Penton and C. M. Penton, September 2009
"Much of my writing over the past ten or eleven years has come entirely from instinct. My decades of reading and writing experience allow me to trust that my instincts will lead me where I need to go. Once I'm into the work, flying by the seat of my pants, I'm conscious of what I'm doing, what I've done and what I will need to do to make the piece work. It's definitely a different use of instinct from what I used in my earlier, more pre-determined work."

Appalachia and Columbia: The People Behind the Coal — An Interview with Aviva Chomsky
by Hans Bennett, July 2009
"For people in eastern Kentucky, like those in northern Colombia, the land is tied to the essence of their identity. People have generations-long ties to the land, they farm the land, they feel personally connected to the mountains, to the rivers, to the farms. Also, in both regions, people are aware that they are seen as expendable, not only by the coal companies, but by the centers of power."

Obama and the Denial of Genocide: An Interview with David Boyajian
by Mickey Z., June 2009
'President Obama visited Turkey from April 6 to 7, where he did not use the word "genocide" when referring to the 1.5 million murders committed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire against its Armenian citizens from 1915-1923. As a candidate, Obama had promised several times to do so. His statement in Turkey that he had "not changed his views"—implying he still believes it was genocide—was still a clear breach of his promise to use the "G word."'

My Godawful Life
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by "Sunny McCreary" and interviews the author, Michael Kelly, May 2009
"I shot pretty much everything and everyone I wanted to shoot at, and then some random bystanders too. I ran out of targets actually, there were places where I was thinking, 'Oh, I could use this situation to make a joke about such-and-such intolerable outrage, but, damn, I already did that, twice. How about those other sods? No, they're down for a later chapter. This is awful, I have run out of people to hate."

Hip-Hop in the Crosshairs
Tolu Olorunda Interviews NYOIL, Amir Sulaiman, and Invincible, April 2009
"Right now, the record industry is running around with its head chopped off. They have no idea where to go — as far as selling music. So, they want anything that sells — they're not really bothered about being inventive or creative. I think, at the end of the day, artists have to decide what they want to do. What I'm here to do, is uplift the conditions of my people, to make sure that my music is thought-provoking and challenging."

Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by Bret Hart and interviews the author, April 2009
"My belief and philosophy was to go out there and make the wrestling seem real. Make the fans believe it was a real contest and get them into the story of whatever that contest is. Make them believe for a few minutes that this match is real and that what's at stake is real. That was always my job."

Mieke's Ladder
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by A. R. Lamb and interviews the author, January 2009
"From an early age I felt that manual work would be the best accompaniment to developing an individual style as a writer (influenced no doubt by archetypes such as peasant-poet and noble savage.) So, after dropping out of university, where I'd quickly become even more disillusioned with the notion of literary criticism, I went to work as a farm-labourer, then spent a few years in the building-trade before ending up in a bronze-foundry."

CPR for Dummies
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by Mickey Z. and interviews the author, October 2008
"I'd say every 'real' human has a secret of some kind, and it tends to gravitate towards behaviors or events you wouldn't expect them to be associated with. I'm often surprised to learn something about a fellow human that shakes my perception of them. So, I guess I'm just doing the whole art imitates life thing."

Tilting at Windmills: A Discussion with Tim Barrus and Mary Scriver
by Eavan O'Callaghan, August 2008
"Most of my work is buried. I go underground. I don't know how you can continue to look forward and create new work at the same time you're always defending your existence from people who are literally — no metaphor — going after your life from three steps back in the past. You call it tilting at windmills. I call it survival. I'm embattled. The people in my life are embattled."

Tatterdemalion
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by Ray Succre and interviews the author, June 2008
"I always start blank, in the sense that I don't begin with an outline. I let that take form in the early portions of the book. Like all of my writing, I started mingling a few ideas to see what would happen. Things happened. By the third chapter, I had the book outlined in my head. After the initial draft, I went back and rewrote the beginning. I have a similar process with poetry, which I write from the inside out, never from beginning to end."

Poetry and Politics at Guantánamo: An Interview with Marc Falkoff
by Andy Worthington, June 2008
"Thought up by the Council on Foreign Relations, and by some hyper-Conservative opinion-makers, 'lawfare' theorists suggest that terrorists get lawyers to tie up military commanders with lawsuits, invoking international law and forcing soldiers to second-guess the manner in which they engage with the enemy, for example. But in fact 'lawfare' is what the US military is doing at Guantánamo, tying lawyers up in endless knots by filing frivolous motions..."

An Interview with Ānanda Selah Ösel
by Ali N. Marcus, April 2008
"Ösel has been hyper-critical of light verse poetry and spoken word alike and seems to have a general dislike for much of the literary world if not the general population. These critical tendencies are reflected in Ösel's poetry and as more and more people begin to read his work you have to ask yourself if he's the next poetry genius or just a nutcase with a pencil."

Bizarro Is My God-Baby: An Interview with Tom Bradley
by Barry Katz, April 2008
"Your female cop does swagger through Lemur, doesn't she? Tossing around epithets like "sister-boy" and "prissy pants," bashing male suspects' heads out of shape with her billy club while shrieking, "How many quarts of spooge are we gonna find when we pump your stomach today, Nancy?""

An Interview with Gregory Sams
by Andrew P., reprinted March 2008
"Much of the clientele came from the new psychedelic trance party scene in the UK. Musicians, dj's and promoters were coming in and getting blown away by seeing, in print, the patterns and colours that they had been experiencing in some of their travels as psychonauts. I made friends with many of them, and when they all disappeared to Goa for the winter I ended up joining them and became very involved in that whole Goa party scene..."

The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press
Gabriel Ricard reviews the DVD by Wayne Ewing and interviews the director, January 2008
"In 2005, a friend of mine from Hunter Thompson's kitchen circle —Curtis Robinson, who became my co-Producer— asked me to shoot an interview with "Gypsy Lou" Webb since his friend Professor Jeff Weddle was writing a book about the Webbs (Bohemian New Orleans: the Story of The Outsider and Loujon Press) just to preserve her memories on camera since she was in her nineties."

The Portable Obituary
Gabriel Ricard reviews the book by Michael Largo and interviews the author, October 2007
"I was in first grade I think, when we had drills to get under the desk in the case of a nuclear war with Cuba and Russia during the Kennedy years. They showed us films how a nuclear holocaust turned people into instant skeletons—I had nightmares about that for years."

Notable: An Interview with Alan Lastufka and Kate Sandler of ZineWiki
by Gabriel Ricard, May 2007
'I added an entry to Wikipedia for Alex Wrekk, who publishes Brainscan zine and the book about zines, Stolen Sharpie Revolution...Wikipedia deleted that entry claiming she was "non-notable." For someone who had given so much to the zine community, it was ridiculous that she didn't deserve an entry based on their standards. So I decided to start a site dedicated to cataloging every zine published, with historical information on each entry and a cover scan, etc.'

An Interview with Ellaraine Lockie
by Pablo Teasdale, April 2007
"First of all, pen names no matter what gender, are great fun, and they have a way of becoming alter egos. For instance, I often use mine in public. Everyone at the local Starbucks where I write every morning knows me as the first name of one of my pen names."

An Interview with The Poet Spiel
by Charles P. Ries, April 2007
'Any number of pieces in my books might be interpreted as graphic "this" or "that"—all in the mind's eye, isn't it. An old friend interprets my incest piece as a beautiful revelation of flesh between mother and child. For me, it's one of my most horrifying poems. I'm an adventurous writer who takes the stance that there're no limits to what good poetry can be about, nor how it can be expressed.'

An Interview with Carol Novack
by Charles P. Ries, June 2006
"...it's not a matter of one e-zine rising to the top like la crème de la crème (a tired phrase I find absurd). There's no big Olympics for artsy e-zines, thank the cybergods. There are quite a few excellent online magazines, and hundreds or maybe thousands of mediocre ones, and worse, and far worse."

An Interview with Rania Zada
by Jonathan Penton, June 2006
"So when we came down, and I was getting ready to leave, the guy said to give him his money, since I wasn't willing to do any more with him. And he took a gun, and put it in my face. So I gave him part of the money. Looking back on it now, keeping part of the money was a really stupid thing to do. But at the time, I wasn't willing to spend all those hours with those people and not get any money."

An Interview with Oasis
by Gabriel Ricard, November 2005
"...since I've started doing this I've found the entire industry very empowering for women, particularly in the amateur market. For instance, I do what (or who) I want to do, when and how I want to do it. I am in charge of how it is marketed and distributed. I'm in complete charge of the image that I want to project to the world. That is extremely empowering."

Afghan Myths: An Interview with Anssi Kullberg
by Sam Vaknin, September 2005
'Al-Qaida is not only fortifying itself physically, but also socially. At the same time their cells and countless collaborating agencies - some of whom are clearly non-Islamist, and some of which are government agencies of certain hostile states - are hoping to escalate this "war against terrorism" and to exploit it for their own purposes.'

We Ain't No Fancy Nerds!: The Pablo Teasdale Interview
by Christopher Robin and Brian Morrisey, July 2005
"That’s my advice to everyone that wants to be happy. Throw a brick through your TV. I did it once. It wasn’t on. I’ve always wanted to do it to one that was on. It was still really nice, the implosion, because of the vacuum tubes, a cool noise. My fantasy is to go into a major department store that has rows and rows of televisions with a machine gun."

An Interview with Utah Phillips
by Gabriel Ricard, June 2005
'I don't really have any plans for it. I've made my living for thirty-six years being alive in front of people. That's consistent with something I feel very strongly about, that Joseph Campbell once said. "All we want is to be completely human and in each others' company. And we are in each others' company less and less." I wanna get away from the machines, and I wanna keep moving, keep traveling, keep singing, and keep talking to people and being alive.'

An Interview with Avalon Frost
by Danielle Grilli, March 2005
"Most producers have thousands of beats, some of them more complete than others, so we talk it out and then start listening to what they have to choose from. I am very involved and will usually make suggestions about the melody, timing, keys, additional instrumentation, etc. and we build it together from there. Other producers will have pretty much everything finished, but are looking for the right voice to make it complete."

An Interview with Joe Bageant
by Andrew P., February 2005
"I took classes along the way, but never cared about any kind of serious program. I just studied what I wanted, painting, history, writing, comparative religion, and journalism. It was the Sixties and I didn't give a fuck about degrees or jobs. I wanted to design my own intellectual life."

An Interview with Henry Rollins
by Gabriel Ricard, December 2004
"I don't think that any band needs to be able to live like shit in a van for years. I think they need to play with total commitment and passion. How does Ashley Simpson fit into that? The bland music trotted out so crassly to young people is often so tame to me. I wonder, why is an old man like me more pissed off and wanting a band to fuck shit up more than some 18 year-old?"

An Interview with Sketta Lee
by Avalon Frost, November 2004
"Something everywhere in the air is inspiring if you know how to catch it right. This interview right here is actually inspiring me to make a song about a guy that just always wanted to be famous and tries his whole life and sees with determination, anything comes!"

An Interview with Thokozani Mthiyane
by Aryan Kaganof, November 2004
"as much as a lot of good is attributed to books in the history of human beings so much pain also is a consequence of books and ma experience with books has been both a pleasurable and an agonising one - as long as i've read history, philosophy, poetry and certain novels ma life has been very uneasy and burdened with questions about the authenticity of our contemporary existence"

An Interview with Elisha Porat
by Gilmana Bushati, September 2004
"Oh yes, my real life is not my writing, and my writing definitely is not my real life. The commitment an author makes to writing is like an another existence, a second life. I know it sounds like a pat explanation, but I think it's the reality that writers encounter. Authors whose private lives mimic their writing, and vice versa, suffer greatly. To live your life as you write is to accept a certain agony. The separation between art and reality is essential."

An Interview with August Highland
by Aryan Kaganof, June 2004
"The transgender bartenders kept flirting with me and I was still pretty naive and almost found myself in an awkward situation from which I was rescued by a very lovely Tahitian girl to whom I lost my virginity on the same secluded strip of beach where I spent my days studying my Joyce and my Latin grammar."