Marcus Slease (JJ Mars) is a (mostly) surrealist and fabulist writer from Portadown, N. Ireland and Utah.
His latest book is Play Yr Kardz Right (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017).
He lives in Madrid, Spain.
Visit his website for more info:
VERY VERY HAPPY TO BE IN NAP WITH SUCH AMAZING AWESOME STELLAR ROCKIN FINE WRITERS. THIS IS WHAT MAKES IT FOP ME . .. THIS IS TO BE ALIVE . . I WANT TO BE ALIVE . . . . SCRATCH AND SNIFF . . IT SMELLS OOOOOHHH SO GOOD . . NAP . . YOU ROCK . . EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN TIME . .. THERE MAY BE MAGS IN HISTORY AS GOOD AS NAP . . . . BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE FOUND NUTHIN BETTER . . . . ON THE LEVEL . . . FOR FICTION AND POETRY AND HYBRIDS . . GOD WHAT IS IT? . . . THESE ARE REPORTS ON WHAT IT IS . . .THIS IS IT FOLKS . . . . EVERYONE WANTS A GOOD NAP. .. THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE NAPS . . . ALL NAPS ARE THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE NAPS . . . READ ALL NAPS . . GO . . . ASHLEY . . GO . . .. LAUREN . . GO . . . JUSTIN . . .GO . . . . SCOTT . . GO . . . MARCUS . . GO . . . RACHEL . . GO . . . RUSS . .
Just got the summer 2011 edition and I am very very happy. Read it on my tube commute today. It has everything. The stories got the juice and the craft to boot.
I'm still thinking about Kristen Felicetti's story: Ms. TG C/O T.G.! A man approaching 40 who writes an advice column for young teenage girls in a teenage girl magazine (TG= Teenage Girl). He writes under the name Ms. TG. An attempt to bridge the gap between ages. Loneliness. Compassion. Empathy. Reaching out to others which is also reaching out to ourselves. Shit man. This story is for REAL! It's got the dance moves of a Miranda July flick.
SO MUCH IN THIS MAG!
Lots of humour too. In the haikus by Zachary Feldman and the drawings by Kerry Ryan, whim and also moving meditation on dinosaurs and girlfriends with fantastic drawings by Mike Rothenthal, women and trees and seeds by Clayton Eddy. And lots and lots and lots more.
One of my favs was the graphics and writing by Tim Vienckowski: "I Appreciate you, Bill…
Alt LIT and NY School Poetry (Frank O' Hara and Ted Berrigan etc.)
This same kind of negative review of the legacy of NY School poetics was also leveled at Alt Lit in Vice recently.
Sociability. Pop art. Speed. The bad dna of Frank O Hara and Ted Berrigan etc. The attention deficit of NY School of poetry in the 1950’s and onwards.
Hm . . ALT LIT?
ALT LIT has the DNA of NY School poetry . . http://www.montevidayo.com/tony-hoagland-on-the-strange-influence-of-the-new-york-school/
Hey Marcus Slease - We just finished putting yr book together. When you rub yr hand against it, it whispers. — Drew Scott Swenhaugen
limited run of 150 copies
scratchy purple cover
a bit of creative translation of Basho
there is a gay balloon flower song
there are pocket rubbings near Buddhist temples
there is a Korean pizza with hot sauce
there is both ham and spam
there is Wal Mart
there is a temple dripping with rain
there is a blowjob in the rain
there is nothingness
there is love
there is a flying bird teahouse
and more . .
THANK YOU POOR CLAUDIA
Drew Scott Swenhaugen
Nick Van Eck
GAYNG Issue #1 GAYNG has been one of the most hotly anticipated releases in Alt Lit. Lasting many online generations or several months, it took a while to get into PDF form. So many things had to be absolutely perfect. The Buzz was strong with GAYNG. With all this hope could it possibly live up to the hype that it had created for itself? Was the Tumblr blitz, the Alt Lit Gossip coverage, and whatever resource they had available enough? Is the internet ready for this vicious onslaught? The answer of course is no: the internet is never ready. The internet sleeps alright. GAYNG is ready to break things open into bigger and bloggier things. Joshua Irwin engages in action writing. Pouring words onto a page they refuse to come together. Space is important for writers. Words need space to breathe. Lacking space the words suffocate. After the words die an ignoble death they are buried in closets, cached pages, and Google search results. One becomes spring when one rejuvenates. The …
"A whiskey breath man does not like your English so you speak in Ponglish. Ponglish is sexy. When you speak Ponglish you must hide your erection or squeeze your legs to prevent the juice from running down your legs. You may excuse yourself to the side of the building and smoke smoke smoke away your randies. Temporarily. The randies will always return."
the Great Bear pamphlet seriesThis series of pamphlets, published by Something Else Press from 1965-67, featured experimental writing from the likes of John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Nam Jun Paik. The pamphlets ranged from 16 to 32 pages in length, were saddle-stitched, and were printed on varying color stock; content included concrete poems, undoable acts, unactable plays, collages, essays, manifestos, and diaries. you can download pdfs of the individual pamphlets HEREyou can buy reissued copies of the pamphlets HERE