Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The Shine Journal

Very pleased that my piece “Bad Touch” is now up at The Shine Journal.

And perfect timing for this piece to go up too – I have spent the last 48 hours typing ‘all work and no play, etc” (actually typing ‘etc’ rather than the stuff about Jack (figured it would speed up the manic typing process and give me many, many more pages)) – and the 48 hours prior to this were spent playing good touch/bad touch with myself. So all I need to do now is figure out what I am supposed to do with this axe – Eugene tells me to go to the Vatican…

The Shine Journal is a great looking online zine – and I was tremendously pleased with the speed of response.


Happy New Year to all my loyal disciples, btw.

Monday, 29 December 2008

The Great Religion

Extreme lo-fi recording of Wolfgang Carstens reading my piece “The Great Religion” on the Rob and Jack Radio show can be heard here

A spontaneous – but awesome – reading (over the telephone) set over one-take guitars layered on primitive guitar loopers (the internal memory running out in the middle of the overdubs). The music was only intended to remind me of some chord changes I wanted to mess about with – but (and only because of the reading) I think it works quite well

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

a bellyful of anarchy – rob plath – epic rites press

Massively honoured to have been invited to do the cover art (scroll down a bit) and design for Rob’s forthcoming book – a bellyful of anarchy.

Briefly paraphrasing what is being said over at Epic Rites (‘cos they say it so much better than me):

“This book is going to be an absolute monster: 250 pages that are going to jump from your bookshelf and kick the shit out of every other book in your library - THIS is Robert Plath at his very best.

Rob and Wolfgang Carstens have carefully sewn together each monstrous limb. They plan to unleash their monster in March 2009...

...but this motherfucker is tough and it may very well break free of it's shackles before then. You have been warned!

A percentage of all book profits will be donated to H.O.W. (helping orphans worldwide) which helps children worldwide that have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.”

Well, what I say is this fucker is going to be one awesome collection – impossible for it to be anything else. And I’ll be sure to be saying more when the book becomes available. For now, just very bloody excited.


The image is constructed like a Frankenstein’s monster from the work of artists/anatomists andreas vesalius, govard bidloo, gérard de lairesse and juan valverde de amusco.

You could say the rope/noose like Rob’s thin vertical lines of poetry. Or something about the cadaver inside waking up. Or books/knowledge/aspirations/order/etc all pointing to the final destination of us all. Or maybe pointing to the guts of man, and the guts of the book. Certainly the dissected horizontal man is not going to be ferried across to the other side (below is just the void). Hell, you can even see the abc’s on the guy’s ribs – still fresh with blood…

But you can’t judge a book by its cover (although I’d be somewhat sceptical of any book with a Norman Rockwell cover) – and it is the guts of this beast that are going to do the ass kicking. !!!!BEWARE!!!! & !!!!BUY!!!!


Massive thanks to Wolfgang and Rob for inviting me along for the visuals – I am very proud to be involved.

And big thanks for the nice shit said about me on the last Rob and Jack radio show of the year – including an awesome reading of my piece – The Great Religion – by Wolfgang.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Sein und Werden - Winter 2008 – Philias and Fetishes

Excited beyond words that the latest print edition of Sein und Werden is now out and available. I have not been submitting much of late – and purely because I cannot think of anything to top this.

Featuring a piece by Jennifer Chesler (it might have taken about 2,000 years – but finally a ‘JC’ worthy of worship – and one who truly performs miracles every time she writes). I have got something in it. And that depraved deviant David McLean also. And a very impressive sounding line-up from the bios.

Each copy will be ribbon-bound and have a different cover. I think there are a few reasons why this will be highly collectible in years to come. Buy a copy (only £3.50/US$7.50/5.10EUR) – or several – details here.

And do check out the online content – some great stuff there too.

Monday, 8 December 2008

MungBeing 23

Extremely pleased that Mungbeing 23 is now up and live. There is some excellent artwork in this issue, as well as prose, poetry, music, and an eclectic mix of other stuff not so easily definable. You can read my piece – Impermanence – here. Once again includes gratuitous use of the ‘u’ word.

There are also links on the right to my stuff in previous issues – a sequential run: 20, 21, 22, and 23.

Numerically speaking the MungBeing sequence 15, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22 does not conform to the Golden Proportion – but the highlights of each of these issues represents a more important and elevated kind of perfection.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008



Very pleased that Umbrella’s second anniversary issue is now up and live. A great publication – so very chuffed that a couple of pieces of non-typical artwork are in this issue. There are links on the right-hand side – cover and contents page.

Please remember that the images were produced by a skilled stunt artist (covered from head to toe in lucky heather) and should not be tried at home. Each year thousands of people suffer all manner of minor misfortunes due to the opening of umbrellas inside buildings.

I have also recently put a few more pieces of art up here

Monday, 1 December 2008

The Poetry Warrior

Most delighted that my piece – There Are Always Reasons – is now up at The Poetry Warrior. You can read that here

Much great work in this issue – including Antony Hitchin, Luis Berriozabal, Karl Koweski, Rob Plath, Constance Stadler, and many others.

Most definitely worth checking out.