Saturday, May 1, 2021



Brave New Word ISSUE 19
AKA Slight Return

Editor's note:

The last time i was doing Brave New Word - I was expecting to move forward with new issue coming out every quarter. 

It didn't happened because I wasn't feeling like doing another Brave New Word issue.

The pandemic, lots of dayjob, other commitments were keeping me away from the zine. It was draining. My heart wasn't there for a while and I didn't wanted to do a half-hearted issue.

But people kept sending stuff and I kept explaining that BNW was on hiatus. After a while, i looked through the submissions and understood that there is a new issue. 

Because of that, this issue is a celebration of those who believed in the meme of Brave New Word. 

A bit of comparison
  • Issue 18 cycle had 162 submissions total. I was actively promoting the submission call and there were a lot of first-timers.
  • Issue 19 "cycle" had 49 submissions total. Most of them were from folks who already were featured in BNW, but nevertheless - 49 is a lot. Especially if you consider that i went radio silence right after Issue 18 went live.
There is also another reason for hiatus - new Blogspot layout. For reasons beyond understanding, the whole post scheduling system doesn't work properly. Sure, it is just an inconvenience, but one that discourages you from doing anything on this platform.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Mark DuCharme - Three pieces


Mark DuCharme is the author of We, the Monstrous: Script for an Unrealizable Film, Counter Fluencies 1-20, The Unfinished: Books I-VI, Answer, The Sensory Cabinet and other works. His poetry has appeared widely in such venues as BlazeVOX, Caliban Online, Colorado Review, Eratio, First Intensity, Indefinite Space, New American Writing, Noon, Otoliths, Shiny, Talisman, Unlikely Stories, Word/ for Word, and Poetics for the More-Than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary.  A recipient of the Neodata Endowment in Literature and the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Jim Leftwich and Jeff Crouch - An assorted collection of collaborations

Jim Leftwich is a poet and essayist. He is the author of Dirt (Luna Bisonte Prods, 1995), Doubt (Potes & Poets, 2000), Death Text Books 1 - 9 (cPress & Vugg Books, 2005-2007), Six Months Aint No Sentence Books 1 -187 (Differx Hosting@Box, 2011-2016), three volumes of essays entitled Rascible & Kempt Vols. 1 - 3 (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016-2017), Containers Projecting Multitudes: Expositions on the Poetry of John M. Bennett (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019), The Blue Seam (mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press, 2020), and Poetry Makes Things Happen: Poems, essays, texts, afterwords, blurbs, notes (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2021)

Jeff Crouch is alive. In Texas.

Seth Leeper - 5 poems


Seth Leeper is a queer poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Broadkill Review, The Summerset Review, White Wall Review, Coastal Shelf, otoliths, decomp journal, SCAB, and others. 

He holds an M.A. in Special Education from Pace University and B.A. in Creative Writing and Fashion Journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.  

He tweets @sethwleeper.

Andrew Brenza - Five Pieces

Andrew Brenza’s recent chapbooks include Geometric Mantra (above/ground press), Poems in C (Viktlösheten Press), and Waterlight (Simulacrum Press). He is also the author of four collections of visual poetry, Automatic Souls (Timglaset), Gossamer Lid (Trembling Pillow Press), Alphabeticon & Other Poems (RedFoxPress), and Album, in Concrete (Alien Buddha Press). He newest book, Spool, was just released by Unsolicited Press.

Karl Jirgens - Pareidolic Response

Karl Jirgens, former English Dept. Head, at U Windsor, author of four books (Coach House, Mercury, and ECW Presses), edited two books (on painter Jack Bush, and poet Christopher Dewdney) plus, an issue of Open Letter magazine with Beatriz Hausner. His scholarly and creative works are published globally. Jirgens edited/published Rampike, an international journal of art, writing, and theory (1979-2016). His newest book of short fiction is due soon.

Michael Basinski - Ode to Daphne

This post is a continuation of Michael Basinski's section. 


Ode Daphne 

The traditional Daphne Apollo myth relates an amorous vignette where the god Apollo becomes attracted to the water nymph Daphne and advances towards her, an advance she rejects by taking flight. Summoning her water god father for assistance to avoid Apollo’s pursuit, she metamorphs into a laurel tree.

Loosely derived from this Daphne Apollo myth “Ode Daphne” presents an euphonious and cacophonous poetry in which Apollo is a patriarchic lecher and Daphne, at first frightened, transfigures into a tree being of feminine power and general resistance. 

“Ode Daphne” should be actualized as a form of lyric spoken music for solo or multiple voice or choral manifestation. In addition, the poetry offers lyrics for music. There are seven distinct sections in the poetry for seven distinct musics. The musical elements may be realized by one or more and up to seven composers. 

Both verbal and musical arrangers/creators/composers have liberty to score as any presentation demands. Actualize with improvisation as desire requests. 

The Suggestions

All sections of the “Ode Daphne” must be presented. The duration of each section is variable. 

Section one. Scenario: the luscious water nymph Daphne about her waterous splashing attracts the weirdo Apollow. She rejects the asshole’s advances. He, a right-wing American fascist, gives chase, and he pursues her variously through field, meadow, and forest until she summons the cosmos for help.  
This section is a form of 45 rpm composition circa 1965 with percussive exerts. There is a gradual increase in the tempo through the field, meadow, and forest.
Mood: flight.

Section two. Scenario: Daphne summons the gods with her thunderous Wa that ends section one. The gods listen. They realize there is crime in progress and within their godly imaginations begin to facilitate a response. 
This section is a period of silence. The audience listens along with the gods. There are improvisational things to be heard, slight.
Mood: attention.

Sections three and four are similar.

Section three. Scenario: Daphne is heard and herself shatters. These are her vowels.
This section could be performed by a voice or voices. Any composition should allow the vocalization to dominate. Vary tempo and perform all or some of the noise forms, and do create patterns, repeats, and refrains.  equals improvise. Find a path through the patterns. If there is a form of chorus find many paths and harmonize if imagination suggests such.
Mood: melodic.

Section four. Scenario: These are her consonants.
Vary the slow tempo and perform each neologism as a unit. Present the bold syllables of each neologism in a percussive fashion. 
Mood: impact.

Section five. Scenario: Daphne begins to reassemble into a new being.
This section has a very slow, deliberate tempo, which becomes a methodical reading or presentation of each syllable, sound, part of the neologism in the act of becoming a formed recognizable word.  
Mood: rapt.

Section six. Scenario: As Daphne begins to tree, she ponders what tree to become: ♫ I asked my mother what tree shall I be? Each line is an interrogative sentence form and ends with interrogative intonation, excepting the last two lines, which are declarative revealing Daphne’s emphatic decision to become a laurel.
This section is actualized with each question phrase recited in a chanty and singsongy or spoken tempo. Each line has its own rhythm and the rhythms between lines clash. Actualize all lines and repeat lines at whim. 
Mood: quizzical. 

Section 7. Scenario: Daphne transforms into an unending immovable, magical laurel tree, and as such she reads the entrails of past, present, and future time. 
This section of knitted fragments should be actualized as a form of spoken music at a speaking peaking pace and with musical magic.
Mood: burgeoning power.

Whoopee Daphne boody of pools, pulls water unstill still bodies booty rivers, Waikiki Daphne streams, canals, tea were where water watar bodies of watur, boil, wwwater nymph, wwwater Daphne, timpani: HER waterbody, HER body key of water, HER water, HER waterways, she’s colorless, she’s transparent, odorless, liquid, she sound she seas, sound lakes, river sound Yangtze Daphne, rain basis of fjord fluids floods of all living organisms, oceans of cool shell pools sound pools she sells sea shells down by the sea shore sea horse

Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is an asshole
She sells sea shells down by the sea shore 
Shallow Apo ego allego
Apollo is an asshole
Hollow Apollo, Hollow Apollo 
♫Hello, hello, hello, how low [Present in the fashion of the line in Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.]

Watering Waterwoman Waterish Waterjet Waterlog Waterloo Waterwoman Waterski Waterwoman Waterway
HER waterbed/ Waterbus / Waterdog / Waterers / Waterhen

Yippee she lakes, leaks, ponds well pools z glee Daphne and puddles Daphne jubilee swamp, her body boobs rivers Zambesi Daphne streams canals where water moves it weaves moves, moving pools, swimming pool, drool pool, pools to pool a pool, shot pool shoot pool, everybody in the pool, no pool like an old pool reservoir, shoot pool shot pool, waterUr, navigable unimaginable Cape Canaveral pool, The Shape of Water, water, waterways, poul water pull pull tide

Apollow is a hole
Apollow is a hole
Apollow is a hole

Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is an asshole

HER bathwater / deepwater / eyeswater / firewater / headwater /  
HER waterbeds / waterbird / waterfall / waterfowl / waterhen

Apollow is an A!hole
Apollow is an A!hole
Apollow is an A!hole
Apo Ahole
Apo Ahole
Apo Ahole 

meltwater / rainwater / saltwater / seawater / toothwater
waterings / waterjets / waterlead / waterline / waterloo ooo

Apo Ahole
Apo Ahole
Apo Ahole 

Timpani Timpani: OOO OCEAN OF OOOCEANS ocean of OOOoceans, OOO seas, and OOO lakes, but it includes smaller pools of water such as ponds, pools, wetlands wetland pools, rare pools rarely, poodles, puddlespools water fountain, fool water covers 90 percent of the woorld surface, fall soon, pool, spoon water pool at moon noon nymph pool play pooouuul poolpool

Apollow ego swollen ego 
yellow narrow disco stinko
Apollow ego swollen ego 
yellow narrow disco stinko
Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is an asshole
Apollo is a hole
Apollo is a hole

Dewater watered water, waters watery, watery watery water, watery waters
Waterier Waterily
Waterier Waterily

bathwater /  deepwater / eyeswater /  firewater / headwater /  
waterbeds / waterbird / waterfall / waterfowl / waterhen / 

hydrologist, hydrologie, hydrological, hydromancy, hydrophilous, hydrophobia hydrotherapist, hydrotherapeutic,
hydrotropism, hypnotism, mositureism, liquidizationism, ism, ism, is

psycho / machismo / Apollow / a pillow
wirdo / libido / down low  /Apollo

HER bathwater / deepwater / eyeswater /  firewater / headwater /  
HER waterbeds / waterbird / waterfall / waterfowl / waterhen / 

meltwater / rainwater / saltwater / seawater / toadwater
waterings / waterjets / waterlead / waterline / waterloo 

HER bathwater / Her deepwater / Her eyeswater / firewater / headwater /  
HER waterbeds /waterbird / Her waterfall / Her waterfowl / waterhen / 

cutwater / dewaters / eyewater / seawater / waterage
wateriest / watershed / waterside / waterweed / waterworm 

HER water water waterzoo
water water waterzoo
water water waterzoo
water water waterzoo



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Pignut Pignut Hickory Pin Blanc Oak Pignut?
Enano Pino Pinobete Pinot Noir Pinus?
Pinus Pinus Pinus Banksiana Pinus?
Pinus Pinus Clausa? 
Pinus Pinus  Pinus Rhinoceros Pinus?
Pinus Contorta Pinus Pinus? 
Glabra Pinus Pungens Perfume?
Pitch Pine Plane Tree?
Platanus Platypus?  
Polecat Wood Pond Cypress?
Holly Del Mar Pine Delta Post Oak Opp?
Fir Palm Clam Cedar?  
Devil's Walking Stick?  
Willow Oak Dog Banana?
Dogberry Doug Fir Downy Serviceberry?
Drum Post Oak Boat?
Drum Soap Duck Oak Willow Holy Holly?
Dune Holly Dwarf? 
Abies Abies Amabilis Anubis Abies Balsamea? 
Abies Abies Bracteata Abies Fraseri? 
Abies Lasiocarpa Carp Abies Magnifica? 
Abies Procera Acer? 
Acer Negundo Acer Pensyl Cumber?
Acer Rubrum Burn Acer Acer Saccharum?
Ague Agnis Tree Larch?
Spruce White Spruce Chinkapin Alligator?
Almond Willow Leaf Willow Willow Billow Billow?
Alnus Incana Alnus Rubra?
Alnus Fir Larch Fir?
Armchair Arborea Eldorado Poe?
Basswood Beech Elm Green Alder? 
Hackberry Holly Hornbeam Larch Ash Plumplum? 
Sycamore Walnut Apache Pine?
Spinosa Soft Pine Ash Leave Maple Ash?   
Aspen Tamarisk Cedar Pine Pine Soft Scrub?
Alder Hemlock Myrtle Fir Yew Pussy Willow?
Palo Blanco Panicled Dogwood?
Paper Birch Papershell Pinyon?
Parry Pinyon Pawpaw Pawpawpaw Apple?
Peach Oak Peach Willow Pecan?
Pepperwood Persea Pick Spruce Pot Port Cedar Possum?
Locust Oak Pottawattami Plum?
Pottawattami Plum Prickle Cone Pine Pickle?
Princess Pine Prickly Princess Pine?
Punk Oak Naked Namboca Nettletree Locust? 
Nogal Nootka  False Cypress? 
Northern Pin Oak Nut Pine? 
Nuzu Ndu Nyssa Sylvatica?
Walnut Fir Hemlock Larch Persimmon?
Red Oak Red Pine Redbud Spruce?
White Pine Enebro?
Eucalyptus Globulus Speckled Alder Spruce? 
Evergreen Laurel LaurelLaurel Laurel
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