Some Links (roughly related to Tinfish and Montevidayo)

by on Nov.25, 2011

Don Mee Choi has a “petite manifesto up” at Evening Will Come.


My Natality Is Your Fatality

I was sangfroid and so I sang Freud and dragged out joints of cliché—say we, may we accept sherry? Manegg was born innately. Let me put an end to son envy and colonialism with natalism—that was my intention, ambition. Nevertheless, I stand up to urinate and wave hello in my halo of amniotic trance. Ugly egg, chicken-sized, and natally late. At any rate, you have one (or several). It’s not so much that it preexists or comes ready-made, although in certain respects it is preexistent.


And at the Lantern Review, Jai Arun Ravine reviews Kim Koga’s Ligature Strain and Margaret Rhee’s Yellow/Yellow (both from Tinfish).


In typography, a ligature is the conjunction of two or more letters into a single glyph.

In typography, an index is a punctuation mark indicating an important part of the text with a pointing hand.

Margaret Rhee’s Yellow/ Yellow and Kim Koga’s Ligature Strain meet in a typographical terrain of conjugation and decomposition, where fists appear in the margins. These texts saturate their pages to such a degree that I wish these words could stain my fingers—pink, brown, yellow.

These works are first chapbooks for both Koga and Rhee, and are #5 and #6 in Tinfish Press‘ yearlong Retro Series. Since April 2011, one chapbook has been released per month, each designed by Eric Butler.

In Ligature Strain it’s winter; in Yellow / Yellow I want to believe it’s spring. In the way that Koga lays down planks of text and then proceeds to gnaw, Rhee threads Tila Tequila and her father’s ashes, nectarines and arithmetic with critical discourse on race and gender to index the margins.

4 comments for this entry:
  1. Tim Jones-Yelvington

    #coolpeoplereviewingcoolpeople… Jai Arun Revine has AMAAAAAZING Thai karaoke-derived image/text pieces in the PANK queer issue:

  2. Johannes

    Those are great little exploding plastic pieces.

    One thing I can’ agree with (not to drag this back into the past discussion) is defining cut-ups as “male”. That seems incorrect to me, considering collages come out of very feminine 19th century craft practices and were then practices by plenty of women (Hanna Höch etc).


  3. Jai Arun Ravine

    Tim, Thank you very much for the shout-out! So honored to appear in PANK.

    Johannes, Thank you very much for linking to the review! I just wanted to clarify that the discussion around cut-ups as “male” came from Dodie Bellamy’s piece on Stretcher, which I linked to in the review. She speaks briefly there to her relationship to the cut-up form in the process of writing “Cunt-Ups.” It’s here:

    Also, Don Mee Choi’s piece is gorgeous!

  4. Johannes

    Thanks. I disagree with a lot of Dodie’s ideas about gender, but I still like her book. /Johannes