Bruce Andrews is (since 1975) a New York City-based poet, performance writer, literary theorist & recently retired left-wing political science professor. As Musical Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he has created sound designs & live mixes of music & text for over two decades of performances. Most recent of a dozen or so big books is You Can’t Have Everything... Where Would You Put It! (from Veer Books in London). An expanded web archive of his work & commentary on it is available here.
Milwaukee poet Paul Vogel received his MA from UW-Milwaukee and teaches English at Waukesha County Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin. His latest chapbook, Invisible Cities, was published in 2015 by Adjunct Press.
Touch Screen to Begin
continuity comes later
caught with more meat in your mouth
at home he’s a condom
put some slink in it
wearing a little furry mask
or exactly what you do or exactly what happens
so we’re on a first name basis
meaning is just nostalgia now
that’s weird, I said
say ‘Speak to an Agent’
gears gears up
all too eagle
I will step on your face
function fucks form
oh I can’t deal with this shit
icing on the cake
objects need adventure too
which you totally nailed
well, run the experiment again
get to your space station
if I get through a few sentences a day...
-Bruce Andrews, from ROCK 'N' RULE
From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at , where merchants trade in the usual: slaves, heroin, biotech, body enhancement prosthetics, shoe dipping, transparent clothing, and light weaponry.
Due to the economic modernization, people are separated from longstanding local identities. The Internet has filled this gap, providing a basis for identity and commitment.
A Synthetic telepathy interface brain–machine connects a vast construct of artificially linked blobjects who live in a constant state of systemic lethargy and demotivation.
Hyperstructure "hives" are the main system of housing large populations. The majority of the population, however, live in the glop outside of the enclaves within an environment that has been largely destroyed by chemicals, mining and monoculture.
Peace is assured by administration of an injected drug designed to suppress emotions. Automatons hunt the shadows.
Aboriginal test subjects trade data discs for vaccines.
Abandoned children sniff glue to stave off hunger while passersby grasp at gadgets and gaze at screens.
-Paul Vogel, from Invisible Cities