The Uncontrollable Issue


Uncontrollable apparitions, texts, talks, feelings, incidents. Confront or embrace the uncontrollable, make uncontrollable detours, start addressing all (un)controllable things with wit.

See how the uncontrollable operates in the fascinating works of Emanuela Bianchi, Maria Damon, Alan Sondheim, Mez Breeze, Clive Gresswell, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Aadityakrishna Sathish, Olivia Cronk & Philip Sorenson, Matt Schumacher, Christine Stoddard, and Florence Sunnen.

Nemesis is a collaborative work by Emanuela Bianchi, Maria Damon, and Alan Sondheim: “Alan (whom I’ve known since about 1996 when I first encountered his writing online) and I have written several other collaborations. He had been reading about Nemesis’s origins as the goddess of retribution, and proposed that for our next project we write about her. I was all for it. Alan started us off by quoting sections of source material. I responded by elaborating in a more fanciful, lyrical way, and then Alan chopped up the writing by various means: deleting a vowel, subjecting the text to various computer commands, etc. We go back and forth. I mentioned the collaboration to Emanuela Bianchi, who sent me a paragraph she had recently written on the genesis of Nemesis, and Alan and I were so taken with it that we included it as our epigraph. Alan and I share a taste for texts that careen out of control and he has many excellent techniques for making that happen.”

A very bizarre 1987 pirating incident inspired Olivia Cronk & Philip Sorenson to write a “critical/lyric essay” about “faces, transmission, infection, interruption, abrasion, intrusion, translation, similes, meaning, television, inscription, mirrors as anti-allegory, time travel.”

Matt Schumacher’s prose poems/dreams of Thomas De Quincey “contain kennings, drug-world slang, archaic language from the 1800s, and neologisms.”

Furthermore this hybrid uncontrollable narrative includes (visual) poems, photos, digital fiction, things to cherish, and share. Many thanks to all contributors for their bold, unconventional works. Now enjoy.

Dimitra Ioannou

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