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80 Beetles By Mark Cunningham
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“We waved at each other because we were driving the same model and color car. Mark Cunningham said, hey, could you write something on my Beetles. There are 80 of them. So I tried to write... More > something on one but it kept opening its little pincers, its tiny wings. This led to a certain amount of self-examination, from which I emerged stronger, more self-assured. I was then able to more closely examine the varying structure, the very specific ideational atmospherics, & dare I say the aroma philosophique, of each of these beetles. What I discovered is that these beetles are in fact poems. Unusually good ones; & now I dream of an alternate life.” —Rod Smith< Less
Helicotremors By Mark Cunningham
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The piece/pieces here (a single long poem, or 220 separate poems? both at once? each alternately?) sit (move) somewhere (sometime) between a series of otoacoustic emissions (hair cells in the cochlea... More > of the inner ear, moving in response to waves generated in the fluid of the ear by two frequencies simultaneously, often create a third tone) and a series of deferred actions (“our psychic mechanism has come into being by a process of stratification: the material present in the form of memory traces being subjected from time to time to a 'rearrangement' in accordance with fresh circumstances—to a 'retranscription',” Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fleiss, December 6, 1896). It/they wait for your inner/outer ear/voice to hear/remember/complete the next extension of their incompleteness. —Mark Cunningham< Less