Michael J Seidlinger covers 2014 in the indie publishing world for Electric Literature
Minimal Books — a literary magazine from Poland
the newest issue of Minimal Books is out, featuring Polish translations of writing by Chris Dankland, Chelsea Martin, and Steve Roggenbuck
previous issues have featured translations by Ben Tanzer, Matt Bell, Jaime Iredell, Blake Butler, Elizabeth Ellen, Noah Cicero & Tao Lin
translations like this excite me more than anything else — let’s go global — please check out this website and support it
[DAVE WRIGHT VIDEO INTERVIEW RESPONSE]
dave wright is a tennessean poet who doesn’t ‘care for wearing shoes’
he wrote the book riverwalkers—inspired by frank stanford, the ‘imagist’ poets, william blake’s mythological worlds, & dave’s loss of his father to suicide—that revolves around a ‘presence that seems to have drowned in a flood’
in this three-part video (watch all three! they’re worth it) he explains his creation of this book, his acceptance of death as ‘beautiful’, his family losses, his favorite living & dead writers, his love of Wittgenstein & Bakhtin & ‘concrete mathematics’, how he likes oasis more than the beatles
here are my favorite moments:
"I would consider myself a reader more than I would a writer."
"I had to build myself a book to rid myself of the things I needed to rid myself of."
"You’ve got to use the materials you know best, that you can get the job done best with."
"I’ve always compared Riverwalkers to an old piece of driftwood on a riverbank & I had come along & it was already there - I found it. I used it & I whittled it down to something that one day might be considered beautiful.”
"[Writers ought to be] a ‘bad citizen’. They should reject probably the culturally accepted, homogenized norms because by rejecting you get to give the culture the opportunity to see itself differently through a different lens. In that, language is renewed. Culture is renewed. […] When a writer removes themselves from the people, they become cut off from their material."
"I get up every morning & put on some kind of music & dance around to it & flail around to it & call it dancing. I wait on my coffee to get done & I prep myself mentally for the day, & I do that through the music."
"I would describe my relationship with the internet as completely consensual."
"By putting his quiet calm thoughts into text over a peaceful eastern Icelandic town he captures the sense of tranquility that the rest of the world dreams of at night.” - Beach Sloth
“Astounding - Rogers foregrounds the innate and forgotten beauty of the fleeting moment, forcing us to recognize the transcendental quality of nature and the universality of all life.” - Dianna Dragonetti
John Brnlv Rogers is the author of Real Life, his first book, on sale now in Paperback via Habitat.