Fiction, multimedia/electronic literature, & poetry


The Goreman Gelders had been undeterred by the groans that followed every BEEP!, or the shivering of grak-enhanced suppressed laughter, or the tear-streaked cheeks of their audience. They resolutely completed the 33-slide filmstrip and opened the floor for questions, but hearing none, they quietly packed up their projector and screen, smoothed down their skinny ties and rebuttoned their nondescript suit jackets. “Nice tapestries,” said the younger Gelder, somewhat longingly . . .
Photo by Bill Collins


"Going to the Lumber Yard may never be the same again!" proclaims the fictional book jacket for my unpublished 1984 novel. "Big business and government agents team up, with their banks of computers and surveillance satellites, for an immense top-secret energy project in the Sahara Desert; as they become entangled with a small band of nomads and, halfway around the world, the eccentric crew of a California lumber yard, the results offer both analysis and antidote for modern times."

LUMBER WORLD: The Rejection File

In addition to my unpublished novel manuscript, The Brautigan Library is making available a volume of historical letters, postcards, and other documents, comprising a record of my extensive attempts to publish the novel during 1984 and 1985—and the results of those efforts in dozens of rejections. I've annotated the correspondence, highlighting the careers of many celebrated (and some notorious) literary agents and editors.
Forklift, Ohio #37

"Afterword(s): Take a Book/Leave a Book" (print)

The first poem consists of lines appropriated from the endings of 10 books I was recycling. Using a local "Take a Book/Leave a Book" library, I swapped out one book at a time for a new (used) book, appropriated text from the ending of the "new" book, and replaced one line in the poem with the newly appropriated text to make a new poem. I then repeated this process 10 times to make 10 new 10-line poems.
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