Monday, June 18, 2018

Tip of the Knife, Issue 30


This issue is devoted to handmade art work.


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CONTRIBUTORS
Roger Smith
daniel de culla
David Felix
Jim Leftwich and John M. Bennett
Maria Damon
Marilyn R. Rosenberg
Crag Hill
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Crag Hill

We now present some hand drawn, hand lettered work created by visual/verbal poet Crag Hill with whom I have a special bond of friendship stretching back to 1980.  Together we chewed up that entire decade, turning mass into energy and charging face forward into the light.  We worked together underneath Mission Street with giant sized cameras and copy boards, watching the life of San Francisco walking over our heads.  We performed in two bands at the same time playing at uncounted bars, clubs and galleries.  We amused ourselves in the streets and the alleys.  We would steal the messengers’ bikes and ride through the Tenderloin, a ghetto that swallows souls.

He saved our lives once; we had skipped work and were on the way to my apartment that sat on top of Twin Peaks.  We were speeding, babbling like Kerouac and Cassidy, paying no attention to the road until I heard Crag scream and I saw my death.  That scream gave me the few seconds I needed to skate through the traffic like a flat rock on the surface of a lake.  So we were able to continue what from that moment on, I called our Charmed Lives.  And we never wasted another moment, filling up Time, using Time, painting Time.

Crag Hill’s visual poetry was the first I saw- it cracked my head open- I’m still convinced I saw God at that moment.  And speaking of God, I think we both saw Him one afternoon when we ingested mushrooms on his roof.  We could see across San Francisco Bay to Atlantis with its fanciful climbing architecture and white mists, with people of heightened consciousness and giant beautiful brilliant gems that penetrate the fog with colored beams, cerulean blue like the ocean, iridescent gold mornings, prism violet sunsets.

Anyway, my homie, my friend, my genius madman, keep on inspiring your students; I hope they know how lucky they are.

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For sale on eBay:


BATANG FRISCO LP 33 1/3 vinyl

A solo music project from Bill DiMichele that tells a tale of icy urban sorcery.






Now accepting submissions for issue 31.  Send to julie-d@prodigy.net.





Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tip of the Knife, Issue 29




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CONTRIBUTORS
Carol Stetser
Dave Columbus
Francesco Aprile
John Mingay
Robert Keith
Vernon Frazer
Bill DiMichele
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Carol Stetser

Carol is working with anthropomorphic letterism and she’s doing it quite well.  Deconstructed text- enlarged red letters- Renaissance sepia tone background- each piece has the same fonts as the rest, but they’re all mixed up like Creation’s first moment.  Carol’s cooking, badass cooking, makes the rest of us envious.  And I’m pretty sure some of those figures are Aztec or Inca or something.




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Dave Columbus

I’ve known Dave since elementary school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I was always excited when my mother would drive me to Dave’s house for a playdate (we were very young).  We drew comics, we read comics and we talked about the comics that ruled our world.  We invented our own characters and supervillains, our own dialogue and captions.  His heroes are dying for action, and I’m dying to read about them.

Dave’s been working in numerous disciplines for 50 years or more.  If I was a soldier, I’d salute you, my friend.  So enjoy Dave’s creativity.  It’s bliss.





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Francesco Aprile


A crimson slash opens this chapter, vivid contrasts of red and black, of blood and bruises.  The alphabet, real or imagined, (or if you prefer, real AND imagined) makes appearances on each of these pages, letters bursting their stitches and being bonked on the head.  Dude’s got some serious wounds, body hits all over the place.  A battle-hardened vet of the Visual Poetry wars. 




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John Mingay

PROCESSING
With my phone not being up there with the smart set, its camera is a low quality RGB affair that only takes decent b&w images, all attempts at colour having ceased long ago. With this in mind, then, I decided a photographic vispo project was in the offing, with the camera being used to generate pairs of images initially in b&w and with one or both in each pair including text in one form or another. The intention in taking these images in pairs was that I had already planned to use an app, the highly commendable Toolwiz Photos, to create double exposures, along with introducing colour to the images and manipulating them further. The result was the accompanying set of fifteen vispo pieces.


Strong horizontal bars function like a vice holding double images.  There’s magic in his compositions,  letters overwriting  nebulous images.  Color, from dusky to brilliant, plays a large part, vivid fluorescent projections of other universes.  Words are beings, messages, instructions and a million radio transmissions.   




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Robert Keith

R. Keith is the author of Chicken Scratch (EYEAMEYE books), Background (inquieto press), How to design a hail storm (Another new calligraphy), Signature Move (Knives Forks and Spoons) and re: verbs (Bareback editions), as well as four chapbooks. His writing appears in Canadian and international literary journals.


The first thing you’ll notice is the aged yellow stained paper.  Then you’ll notice that the image/text are also quite old.  These illustrations were essential for learning reading skills in the long ago times.  Now they’re essential to experiencing and learning visual poetry.  This is a surreal entanglement of Past remembered, of afternoon sun lighting up the lead paint on the windowsills, of the smell of a mimeograph machine, of the taste of warm milk.  It’s kind of like reading consciousness back into Time/Space.




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Vernon Frazer

The pieces here are composed of tight graphic elements, of the interactions of explosion and smoke, of solid and motion, of text and shape.  I’m convinced that there are angels that comfort Vernon; if anyone deserves their grace it’s him.  Vernon says “near them a sweltering vomit cathedral.” ?!  what the Hell, that’s flippin awesome!   And the rest is just as good, as immense as a city of perfect proportions.




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Bill DiMichele

I started this series of collages using an 8 ½ x 11 format, but as time passed the works slowly shrank in all four dimensions until they reached a diminutive 6” maximum measurement.  Because of this I call the series ‘Sliders’; don’t forget to tip.  20% would be nice.















































































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ToK #30 will have a special theme- all work will be done by hand and only by hand-absolutely no computers, no phones, no cameras, no hi tech anything.  Include specs.  Due Mayday.  email: julie-d@prodigy.net