America, I’m Sick Like Worms In My Belly: Two 1960s Concrete Poems and One Prose Fragment

Today I was looking through my files for a poem I wrote in 1969 and came across a couple of examples of my Concrete Poetry and an odd prose fragment.  The first of these, “ode to the sun” is missing the third part.  I may have cut it from this manuscript and pasted it into the manuscript of Wraethrom, my 1960s experimental fiction / concrete poetry novel.  The second piece is a stand-alone concrete poem titled “sticking my tongue out” that’s dated 1969.  The third piece is an experimental fiction fragment from page 62 of an unknown manuscript.  It’s the beginning of section 5 of whatever it was taken from and ends mid-sentence with the incomplete line “if so, then:”  This may be an early draft of something that later was incorporated into Wraethrom.  The phrase “worms in my belly” suggests that is very possibly the case.  What’s scary is that I have pages and pages of this stuff — old unpublished poems and prose bits from the 1960s and early 70s.  Some of it reads like my comic surreal novel Death At The Flea Circus and may be early drafts or deleted passages from that book, while other pieces are more similar to the material in the final version of Wraethrom.  And then there are obvious stand-alone short stories and poems.  Someday, I hope to publish a fat book of all this early stuff, and the critics be damned.  Read on …



About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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