The Thing that is not a Thing by Jared Pappas-Kelley


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To understand the destroyed art object, or any object, we need to learn what is portended. The art object burns with its own fire, self-immolating—strikes match, held to vestures, negating the action that seeks to make a changing world seem fixed. From inception revealing an architectural flaw: to be fixed and yet change with the moment. We wonder when art is destroyed, as if through some tethering of flux into fixed object—a thing becomes undone … or rather is shown to never be “done.” Thus what we see in the destruction of art is a circumventing of an action that attempts to make fixed. Thereby, the art object houses a negation in striving to be something it is incapable of—to leap outside of time and still inhabit the moment, while unable to sidestep attempting. The compulsion is a human bid to inoculate and make fixed the moment, yet to be outside—but through this it ravages. Here is the legacy of the destroyed art object, to be a thing that is not a thing, to be both house, ruin, and fire. Art makes and undoes, and yet we must wonder at what point the thing becomes destroyed?

Jared Pappas-Kelley is an artist and writer. His newest book Solvent Form: Art and destruction was published by Manchester University Press and his art has exhibited internationally at places such as San Francisco MoMA, Mass MoCA, Five Years in London, Islington Mill, and Glasgow International as part of the National Review of Live Art.

Jared's Solvent Form Art and Destruction book

Psychopathia Sexualis: eine Poetisch-Forensische Studie by Alistair McCartney


When I woke up from my nap, I heard singing. I drowsily tip-toed downstairs and went
outside to find my father had tied my younger brother to the pear tree and was whipping
him senseless; it was clear from the precision of his whipping, father had done this
before. I saw the pear tree was flowering and my father was singing and tearing my
brother's favorite Ben Sherman shirt to shreds, along with his petal-soft skin. Sensing
my presence, my brother looked at me and laughed, and my father paused for a
moment. Son, he sang, there are complexes we still have no names for, then resumed
his whipping. My heart was flooded with envy, like the banks of a river in a derelict but
picturesque town, very much like the town we live in, yet I was not certain who or what I
was envious of: my father, my brother, or the whip.

Alistair McCartney is the author of two novels, The End of the World Book (2008) and The Disintegrations (2017), which won The Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. He is currently working on his first book of poetry and hybrid texts. Originally from Australia, he lives in Los Angeles.

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Genet's Pen by R J Dent


The worlds you create implode when
you’re free to wander through the streets…
inside a cell you find your voice
for it’s an endless universe
and you have pushed its wall apart
threading the bars with red roses
transforming men with cold, hard eyes
into gentle and loving souls
infused with femininity
with tattered animas restored…

Dipping a strand of rusty barbed
wire into a pot of red ink
you write your missives to yourself
explaining how you are contained
within your imagination
and have become a theatre…
a lily grows out of your pen
and you bite its orange stamen…

R J Dent is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist and short story writer. He has translated Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil (2009), and Le Comte de Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror (illustrated by Salvadore Dali) (2011) to critical acclaim. His poems, short stories, novellas and essays continue to appear in numerous magazines and journals.

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Duty-Free Ayahuasca by Tim Kiely


Use one sachet to one mugful
of boiling water each, and be
                  as slipperiness
as process      as coagulate.

Imagine this being on a beam of light –
the liana of the soul -                 afloat
             overglowing the whole world
before breakfast (do not consume
with coffee or The Financial Times);

imagine returning to the office machine
reawakened, re-seen                  as meat
becoming motion    becoming unbound
becoming brilliant                  becoming
maggots          becoming the best damn story

that ever graced the employee café;     
imagine guilt-free     business class
all the way back    your boots clean
of rivermud and creeper         yours
all for a very          reasonable price.

Photo by Tyrone Lewis

Tim Kiely's poetry has appeared in South Bank Poetry, The Morning Star, Under the Radar and Ink, Sweat & Tears. He is a member of the Poets Versus collective.