Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Medium is the Muse Launch

So, last summer NeoPoiesis Press published an anthology of creative work co-edited by yours truly and Adeena Karasick, entitled The Medium is the Muse.  Remember?

Oracle of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us and offer new windows into the world. This diverse collection brings together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as both medium and muse. Like McLuhan's work, this volume will delight, divert, provoke, incite and inspire readers to channel McLuhan in their own imagination and creative endeavors. 

Featuring work from: Lillian Allen, Michelle Rae Anderson, Mary Ann Allison, Marleen Barr, David Bateman, Arthur Asa Berger, bill bissett, Tony Burgess, Jerry Harp, Adeena Karasick, William Marshe, John G. McDaid, Jill McGinn, Elizabeth McLuhan, Peter C. Montgomery, Dean Motter, Alexandra Oliver, John Oughton, Si Philbrook, B.W. Powe, Robert Priest, Stephen Roxborough, Lance Strate, Steve Szewczok, Andrea Thompson, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott, John Watts, Dale Winslow, Tom Wolfe

So, last fall we had a bit of a book launch for the volume at a symposium held by the Institute of General Semantics in New York City. This took place on October 25, 2014, and consisted for five readings from contributors, beginning with my introduction:

I followed by reading an except from one of my pieces in the book:

Next came Mary Ann Allison's poetry reading:

This was followed by Marleen Barr reading the short story she wrote for the anthology:

And now, hold on  to your hats for Stephen Roxborough's rather wild rendition of his poem from the book:

And to top it all off, my co-editor performed two of her poems from The Medium is the Muse:

Since you no doubt now want to order a copy, if you haven't got one already, or if you have, now realize a few extra copies would make for the perfect gift, here's a quick and direct link to Amazon:

And once more, here's some more basic information on the book:

paperback: ISBN 978-0-9855577-5-1
144 pages, list price $16.95, 5.5”x8.5” perfect bound, paper

hardcover: ISBN 978-0-9892018-5-8
144 pages, list price $24.95, 5.5”x8.5” hardcover

The volume includes a series of illustrations by acclaimed comics creator Dean Motter, and a couple by popular culture maven Arthur Asa Berger, and the following Contents:


The medium is...
Lance Strate

brush up on yr mcluhan / start dewing it now th medium
bill bissett

Tom Wolfe

Man Made Whole Again
Tom Wolfe

All the Information in the Sun
Robert Priest

Short Sound Play
Robert Priest

Robert Priest

It Came One Day
Elizabeth McLuhan

Self Reflection
Elizabeth McLuhan

To Sit
Elizabeth McLuhan

Chop Gently
Elizabeth McLuhan

The Purple Rose of Brooklyn Or, Meeting Marshall McLuhan (With a Little Help From Mayan Apocalypse Planet X/Nibiru)
Marleen Barr

McLuhan Kaleidoscope
Mary Ann Allison

Flash in the Pan
John McDaid

Tony Burgess

dear marshall i know you
Stephen Roxborough

Marshalling McLuhan
Lillian Allen

Peter Montgomery

Messy Necessity
Adeena Karasick

In My Blogal Village, Print is Hot
Adeena Karasick

Your Leaky Day
Adeena Karasick

BW Powe

BW Powe

William Marshe

Constitution of Silence
Steve Szewczok

we, the real mad poets
Jill McGinn

Late Summer Twilight
Jerry Harp

Pegged to Invisible Consequences
John Oughton

McLuhan’s Bride
David Bateman

The Mechanical Bride’s Consolation
Michelle Anderson

Curriculum Vitae
Alexandra Oliver

M.F.M.: Media Friend Marshall
Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott

I Wouldn't Have Seen It If I Hadn't Believed It: A Probe Poem
Andrea Thompson

Dear Mr. Mössbauer, are you online?
Dale Winslow

Silent Resonance
Dale Winslow

It Was Never a Flower to Begin With
Dale Winslow

Si Philbrook

mY parts
John Watts

Lance Strate

Lance Strate


And there you have it, hope you enjoyed the readings, and hope you liked (or will like) the book!

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