Saturday, August 11, 2018


Issue 11

Editor's Note:

Of all BNW issues i've been working on - this one was the hardest to make. Not only because i'm experiencing extreme oversaturation with all things literary, but also because i don't want to spin the wheels and make just another issue of just another mag. This is not what Brave New Word is about. 

I needed focus and i needed dedication. That's why it took so long to make this issue work. 

To be honest, it's been a while since i really worked on Brave New Word in earnest. The thing is - there is no shortage of submissions coming in and i had an opportunity to make a couple of issues out of loads of submissions that were not fitting for some other issues. 

While somewhat lazy it was ultimately beneficial for the magazine - it helped to make some really diverse line-ups with many different styles mashed together in a dazzling kaleidoscope. However, there is nothing to be proud of for me as an editor.
Here's a couple of things i've learned since the last issue:
  • Issue announcements don't really work. You get a traffic spike and everyone forgets about it until you start the bombardment.
  • Double issues are bad for business. The last one had experienced a traffic nosedive the week after going live. Overexposure is a thing even for a small-time niche online mags. I guess it means i need to come with the other model. Those two issues will be retroactively rearranged into one special somewhere down the line.
  • This issue is slightly bigger than the previous. It struck me that pretending that there is no space beyond 12 or 13 authors is plain stupid.
  • BNW is moving to its own domain,
And here are some funny stats:  
  • Some writers seriously think that it is my obligation to publish their work no matter what, just because it can't be the other way. Nine authors who thought this way were sacked.
  • Some writers disregard the submission guidelines and think that this disregard will get them a spot in the issue because their stuff is so dope. Over the course of last three months there were six such authors.
  • Some writers think that adding insults and threats to the follow-ups in cases of declines is a good idea. Trio of bright minds tested this out. Gotta tell you - send more. I like it. Sometimes i feel lonely when i look at my inbox. You make my day a little brighter. Especially those who fight for justice. Keep on keeping on! I will start another blog and add every single bit of your spite for all to see. Names included. 
And about an issue itself. Unlike a couple of previous issues which tended either to textual or visual - this one is pretty balanced. There is something for everybody. BNW is at its best when it goes for maximum diversity of material. 

Also - I'm really proud that this is the first issue to include my fellow compatriots - Andriy Antonovskiy, Michael Zarichnyi and Roman Pyrih. 

Without further ado - enjoy


Michael O’Brien - Ten Pieces

Michael O’Brien lives in Glasgow Scotland. His work has most recently appeared in the journals - Akitsu Quaterly, Cattails, Bones, Moonchild, The Other Bunny. He is the author of, As Adam (UP Literature) and Big Nothing (Bones). He was a runner-up in the Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest in 2009. You can follow him on twitter @michaelobrien22

Darren C. Demaree - with an empathy so fatal #115-117

Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently ''Two Towns Over' (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. He is also the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. 

His poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. 

Darren currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. 

Laura Ortiz - Four Asemic Pieces

Laura Ortiz was born in Argentina (the daugther of a typographer) were she worked as an Educational Psychologist. In 2007 she moved to Montreal, Canada and began exploring drawing and painting and pursued her passion for visual communication by embarking on a degree in graphic design. In 2016 she discovered asemic writing and art online and began to create her own. She was immediately fascinated by the combination of typography and design with literature and abstract art. Her asemic works has been featured in art exhibitions, contemporary art museums and magazines in Italy, USA, Argentina and India. She hopes to continue her work and contribute to the development and expansion of asemic art.

Igor Satanovsky - Nine Swype Poems

Igor Satanovsky was born in Kiev in 1969, and arrived in New York as the Soviet refugee in 1989. He has been exploring the poetic crossroads of European and American Avant-Gardes ever since: as a poet, editor, translator, book designer, and a visual artist. He founded International Zaum’ Day (January 7th), and contributed notes to several editions of "A Dictionary of The Avant-Gardes" by Richard Kostelanetz.

Maria Rovito - One Piece

Maria Rovito is an MA candidate in English at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. Her poetry exists in the realm of conceptualism and cyberpoetics, and her research is focused on literary theory and disability studies.

Michael Zarichnyi - Four Visual Poems

Michael Zarichnyi (1958) is a professor of mathematics at the Lviv University (Ukraine). His interests include not only geometry and topology of infinite-dimensional manifolds but also poetry, music and visual/concrete poetry. He is the author of one book of poetry, about 60 songs, and about 50 visual works. Personal exhibition of the visual/concrete poetry (Lviv University Gallery, 2011). The works are often minimalistic, inspired by beauty of mathematical constructions.

Fin Sorrel - Em 17

Fin Sorrel grew up in the mountains of Oregon, near a small town called Sandy oregon. Near to the town of Portland, Oregon. He ventured to the city in search of adventure, and found a love for Freight trains, painting, and politics. 

Spending most of his time outside, Fin sorrel explores the united states in search of freedom, sometimes crafting writings, and experimenting with sound, as well as video art. He is a traveler with a lust for the road and adventure. Many of the elements of his characters in stories are found in people he meets while interacting with the world around him. 

His work has appeared in many online and print journals around the world. Including ENCLAVE, SLEEPING FISH, BLAZE VOX, THE ANTHOLOGY OF SURREALISM, and GTK 8.

He edits the magazine MANNEQUIN HAUS with friend cassidy rios kane.

David Felix - Three Visual Poems

David Felix is a youthful septuagenarian English visual poet who lives in Denmark.
For more than fifty years his writing has taken on a variety of forms, in collage, three dimensions, in galleries, anthologies, festival performances and video and in over forty publications worldwide, both in print and online .

Born into a family of artists, magicians and tailors he is more than comfortable with willow charcoal, the invisible pencil or dressmaking chalk.

Andriy Antonovskiy - Seven Poems in Catalan

Editor's note: And now something completely different.

Andriy Antonovskiy is a poet from Ukraine who currently lives in Barcelona. He is a strong proponent for Catalan Independence and he considers his primary mission to be building a cultural bridge between Ukraine and Catalonia.

Translation from ukrainian was realized by Andríi Antonovskyi in collaboration with Catalina Girona and Francesc Gelonch.

Photo by Zhenia Perutska.

Anneke Baeten - Asemic Study

Anneke Baeten's art was published in numerous magazines and presented on many exhibitions. 
Her books include: Translating Paint (publisher Michael Jacobson, Post-Asemic Press, 2017) and 50 Celestrial Snippets (June 2017). Her work is exhibited at international and local exhibitions, most recently at the Blacktown Art Prize Finalists Exhibition in NSW.

Author's note: "My main focus is the world of asemic writing and expressing concepts in visual poetry. When quizzed about my creative process I compared asemic expression being akin to letting s tribe of crazy ferrets run around in my head. That analogy has stuck and is now the collective name behind my online presence “”. I look to constantly push the boundaries of my style. I am heavily influenced by the nature of the paper that I use, some of which is hand-made on commission. Many of my works are on textured cotton paper (preferably with natural elements and imperfections) or in leather-bound books."

jim leftwich - Assisted Living Drone-Poem Rehearsal

jim leftwich is a poet and essayist who lives in Roanoke, VA, USA.  he is the author of Six Months Aint No Sentence Books 1 -187 (Differx Hosting@Box, 2011 - 2016), and three volumes of essays entitled Rascible & Kempt Vols. 1 - 3 (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016-2017).  since 2008 he has been involved in organizing and/ordocumenting mail art, sound poetry, visual poetry and noise events in Roanoke.

Piotr Szreniawski - Seven Poemics

Piotr Szreniawski is Extraordinary Professor at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Published a few hundred brochures of poetry, comics and poemics. He is the guy who said that poemics can be treated as a separate field of art between poetry and comics (and combining elements of both).

Frank Xarate - Four Visual pieces

francisco h zarate (frank xarate) graphic designer and visual artist, poet and draftsman. I am Colombian born on a small island of the Colombian Pacific, called Buenaventura. I currently live in Buenos Aires. For me, visual poetry is a language of deconstruction, a way of being able to feel language.


Roman Pyrih - Five visual palindromes

Roman Pyrih was initiated into palindromes in 2007 and delighted in composing them ever since.
Authored "ПОТОП" in "This is visual poetry" series by chapbookpublisher. His poems were published in "Labyrinth of Ukrainian Samvydav" (2004) and "The Dark Would" (2013) anthologies.
Born Ukrainian, currently stationed in Seoul, Korea.

J.I. Kleinberg - Seven Word Collages

Artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. Kleinberg is a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship. Her found poems have appeared in Diagram, Heavy Feather Review, Rise Up Review, The Tishman Review, Hedgerow, Otoliths, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and blogs most days at 

These visual poems are from an ongoing series (1,700+) of collages built from phrases created unintentionally through the accident of magazine page design. Each chunk of text (roughly the equivalent of a poetic line) is entirely removed from its original sense and syntax. The text is not altered and includes no attributable phrases. The lines of each collage are sourced from different magazines.​

Friday, August 10, 2018

Jim Leftwich - Banishing Ritual

jim leftwich is a poet and essayist who lives in Roanoke, VA, USA.  he is the author of Six Months Aint No Sentence Books 1 -187 (Differx Hosting@Box, 2011 - 2016), and three volumes of essays entitled Rascible & Kempt Vols. 1 - 3 (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016-2017).  since 2008 he has been involved in organizing and/or documenting 
​poetry readings, ​
mail art, sound poetry, visual poetry and noise events in Roanoke.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Announcing Issue 11


  • Roman Pyrih
  • Frank Xarate 
  • Michael O’Brien 
  • Darren C. Demaree 
  • Laura Ortiz
  • Piotr Szreniawski 
  • Igor Satanovsky 
  • Maria Rovito
  • Michael Zarichnyi  
  • jim leftwich 
  • Fin Sorrel 
  • David Felix 
  • Anneke Baeten 
  • Judy Kleinberg 
  • Andriy Antonovskiy