Friday, January 29, 2021

Octo-Emanations reaches Nigeria

It has taken five months, but a copy of Octo-Emanations has finally reached poet Ebi Robert in Nigeria. 








We are yet waiting for a copy to reach India, and I have been advised that not much is getting in these days. Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Michael Butterworth, 2020

Michael Butterworth's website has been updated with information about his projects and activities in 2020. Octo-Emanations gets a mention. Please click HERE.

Michael Butterworth reading in Berlin

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Utopian and Dystopian Literature

Utopian and Dystopian Literature


Plato’s Republic (But is it utopian?)

St. Augustine, The City of God (413-426)

Sir Thomas Moore, Utopia (1516)

Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis (1627)

James Harrington, The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656)          

Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward (1888)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Herland

H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia (1905)     \

B.F. Skinner, Walden Two (1948)          


Plato’s Republic (But is it utopian? Or a warning against “justice” as a moral and political criterion—elsewhere in Plato, and keeping with Socrates, Aristotle, Locke and Jefferson, “eudemonia” is the moral and political criterion.)

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels Book III

Jack London, The Iron Heel (1907)

Karel Čapek, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots, 1920),  War with the Newts (1936)

Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1932)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)

Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)

George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (1945)

Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading (1938), Bend Sinister (1947)

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

... there stood in division of conflict ...

The Rage of Achilles, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
(Athena prevents Achilles from killing Agamemnon)


What god was it then set them together in bitter collision?
Zeus’ son and Leto’s, Apollo, who in anger at the king drove 
the foul pestilence along the host, and the people perished...

            -- The Illiad Book I: 8-10

Monday, January 11, 2021

Looking Ahead (again) to Emanations 9

In early December I posted my thoughts concerning appropriate timing for a Submissions Call for Emanations 9 (please click HERE).

At this point, I should like to revise that estimate. 

Now, I cannot say for sure, but I envision a Call going out near the end of this April.  If things work out this way, the review of submissions would begin sometime in August. 

"Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus" by John William Waterhouse