“Rampike”: the skeleton that remains after a tree has been struck by lightning or forest fire. There is a particular type of tree known as the lodge-pole pine that will not release seedlings from its cones until temperatures exceed 451 degrees Fahrenheit; a continuing cycle of death and re-birth. Lightning strikes. Flames sweep the forest floor. Tiny seedlings released into the hot air spiral upward, land later, on the fertile ash, a renaissance; the next generation.
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editorial Rampike 18/2: Re-Sent Histories – 30th Anniversary Issue
In this issue 30th Anniversary issue of Rampikewe consider histories re-sent, re-assembled and re-situated. Here, we offer historical revisions and re-conceptions via international perspectives on world events. We begin with our cover image, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge’s “The Fall of Water” which features a Bruegellian-inspired depiction of historical struggles to rescue the world’s dwindling water resources. Then, we turn to (re-)interpretations of recent events including Rosemary Sullivan’s moving family history, Laura Shintani’s experience of creating sculpture in China, and John Barlow’s account of personal injury in Toronto. We present broader socio-cultural and political issues such as Frank Davey’s treatment of public apologists; Brian Edwards’ re-visions of culture and cinema springing from his Australian point of view; French author, Jean-Pierre Ostende’s mystery replete with allusions to Federico Garcia Lorca, Johnny Depp, and cultural cannibalism; German writer, Christophe Fricker’s inhabitation of Homer’s Ajax; Sandy Pool’s spam-based military strategies; Jacob Scheier’s re-contextualization of Wall Street informed by Walter Benjamin; Norman Lock’s eventful itineraries of Lessandro Comi; Jenny Samprisi’s re-contextualization of urban temporalities; Rolland Nadjiwon’s Anishnaabek remembrance of disappearing horizons; Mark Dunn’s re-visitation of Cortez at Lake Superior; Kemeny Babineau’s sense of time as madrigal; and Brian Henderson’s epic re-visioning of natural history.
We also feature re-evaluations of linguistic and literary models including Dennis Cooley’s preface on English, Helen Hajnockzky’s re-construction of the argot of women’s-wear advertising, Richard Kostelanetz’s re-cursive Fulcra Fictions, Jean-Claude Gagnon’s secondary effects of linguistics, Susan Holbrook’s transcription of the letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson, Stuart Ross’s collaborative re-considerations of contemporary city-scapes, Stephen Bett’s soft-core porn-parody, Xavi Sabater’s re-visitation of 1988, Kaitlin Tremblay’s re-visioning of the moment of reading itself, and Stan Rogal’s response to Barlovian history.
In addition we provide Derek Beaulieu’s re-views of eight recent books of visual poetry. As a whole, these texts and images provide dialogical re-assessments, and revisionist perceptions of individual, local, and global histories, thereby returning us to the original event-horizons while interrogating the impulses that shape our perceptions. – Karl Jirgens/Editor
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editorial Rampike 18/1: Eco-Poetics
Apocalypse now. We are beyond the Silent Spring. Pressures on the earth, war, famine, flood, melting ice sheets, population exploding from 6 to 9 billion in one generation, the next generation, massive over-consumption, global proliferation of pollutants, anemic emissions controls, false arguments on economy/ecology trade-offs, tar sands surrounded by lakes of toxic sludge, surging energy-needs, depletion of oil reserves, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, melt-downs, ineffective radioactive waste disposal, failures of Kyoto and other accords, rusting hulks of the Exxon Valdez and kindred vessels, clear-cutting, rapid depletion of vulnerable life, plants, water and renewable resources, mass diversion of rivers, fish stocks disappearing from oceans, lakes, wetlands, rainforests, multiple extinctions of entire species on a daily basis, fish, frogs, honey-bees, endangered species, megatons of dislocated garbage, warnings issued unheeded, proliferating warfare, a nuclear bomb incinerates a major world city, cut to commercial. So many inconvenient truths, this tiny blue ball, our little nest-egg, the only planet to sustain life in the known galaxy, a vicious cycle, our collective nervous systems, catatonic. Wait. Stop. Face the truth. Wrong way. Go back. Recycle. Redirect. Revalue. Renew. Recover. Rethink, solar, wind, electric, hydrogen, geothermal, vegetarian, cooperation, population decline, earth-healing. New problems demand new ideas. We are the stewards. Think 7th fire. Think, our children’s children’s children, seven down the line. What will there be then? Think one love, many wisdoms, endless green paths. Respond with creativity and compassion when faced with folly and greed. Move to wisdom and self-deliverance. A choice. Two wolves. Which will win? Compassion or Greed? Wisdom or Folly? It depends on which one we feed.
This Eco-Poetics issue of Rampike is co-edited by Alanna Bondar and printed on recycled paper in a limited edition, offering fresh perspectives from Australian Aboriginals, North American First Nations, United Kingdom, India, Portugal, Holland, United States and Canada. Here, we offer critiques, declarations, photos and graphics, eco-cultural reports, texts and, of course, poetics. In his “Defence of Poetry” (1821) Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. If so, then read on, and encourage others to cross over to a new threshold of consciousness, find the necessary angel, and instigate a revolution of habit, attitude and mind. - Karl Jirgens/Editor
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editorial Rampike 17/2: Consumer Demand
In this issue of Rampike we reflect on consumer demand. The pressures of consumption have begun to dominate and re-shape our lives. Here, Frank Davey considers the outer limits of our consumer culture, whereas Richard Kostelanetz plays with the aphorisms that shape and give voice to our anxieties and desires. Di Brandt considers human liberty and the Siren songs that seduce us, while M. NourbeSe Philip meditates on slavery and mortality. Steven R. Smith and Stan Rogal both offer homages to writers whose visions have fed our imaginations in the past. Alanna Bondar, Mari-Lou Rowley and Rebecca Rosenblum explore the realms of want and desire, while the iconoclasms of Norman Lock and Adeena Karasick reveal the depths of our own consumptive absurdity. Authors and artists in this issue consider the incongruities of trends in fashion, canonization, decrepitude and indoctrination. -- We take this opportunity to thank you, our readers, who continue to support us by consuming the cerebral delicacies served up by our international cadre of artists, critics and writers. Bon appetite! – Karl Jirgens/Editor
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editorial Rampike 17/1 (part 1): Québec en écritures: RAMPIKE a positivement accepté de produire ce numéro spécial, francophone, dans le cadre du 400e anniversaire de la Ville de Québec.
Karl Jirgens a, à quelques occasions, participé à nos activités, lors de la Rencontre internationale d’art performance de 1994, par exemple. Nous nous sommes rencontrés à diverses occasions et Karl, avec RAMPIKE, aura publié plus d’une fois des éléments textuels de divers styles et catégories.
Comme contact et membre du comité de rédaction extérieur de RAMPIKE, je suis la trajectoire de cette revue depuis longtemps. Nous avons des connaissances et des amis communs qui s’intéressent à la dimension expérimentale de l’expressivité poétique et artistique, souvent par la performativité et l’action.
L’idée de produire ce numéro spécial Québec en écritures fut proposée à Karl lors de ma participation au BookFest de Windsor, en novembre 2005.
Puis, avec la complicité d’André Marceau, impliqué depuis de nombreuses années dans l’organisation, la dissémination et la diffusion de divers dispositifs poétiques et littéraires, en région, mais surtout sur le territoire de Québec, nous avons tous les deux dressé une liste d’écrivains pour cette livraison spéciale de RAMPIKE.
Une bonne occasion de procurer aux auteurs une façon d’accroître la visibilité pour une activité littéraire de plus en plus difficile à rendre publique, dans l’environnement fortement teinté de machinisme et de technologie.
En faisant un lancement de ce numéro spécial de RAMPIKE, à l’occasion des célébrations de la Ville de Québec, nous voulons confirmer des complicités et des efforts pour permettre la réalité de l’écriture, à partir d’un territoire et de ses protagonistes
– Richard Martel / Guest Editor
editorial Rampike 17/1 (part 2): Identité, Mémoire, Territoire
Ce dossier portant sur les poètes et écrivains de Québec, regroupe des auteurs et créateurs qui furent particulièrement actifs au cours des dix dernières années, par leur créativité ainsi que par leur implication personnelle dans la vitalité de la poésie et de la littérature dans la région, constituant un échantillon qui, bien que fragmentaire, n’en demeure pas moins des plus représentatifs.
La vie poétique (et ceux qui la font à Québec) demeure le champ principal de ce dossier, mais nous nous permettons de déborder légèrement dans la prose (nouvelles, contes et autres fictions) avec quelques écrivains.
Quatre tangentes sont représentées ici, trois sont reliées à la poésie : la poésie littéraire, la poésie vivante (performée, sonore, etc.) et la poésie visuelle (certains poètes se vouent à l’une ou à l’autre, d’autres à deux ou même aux trois). La quatrième tangente propose des écrivains qui se sont illustrés par leur travail actif dans la vie littéraire de fiction.
Finalement, puisque le pré-texte de ce dossier consiste à souligner le 400e anniversaire de Québec, nous avons soumis aux auteurs et poètes invités trois motifs, comme départ thématique, possédant des liens inextricables avec le pré-texte : « Identité, Mémoire, Territoire ». Évidemment, il ne leur était demandé que d’évoquer l’un ou l’autre de ces motifs (ou les trois, à leur guise) et non de disserter sur ces questions. Le but consistant à représenter la pratique qui les distingue et non de se prêter à un exercice parallèle.
Souhaitant que ce dossier vous apporte son lot de découvertes poétiques.
– André Marceau / Guest Editor
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editorial Rampike 16/2: Heteroglossias In memory of Henri Chopin 1922-2008
Since the 1950’s, Henri Chopin developed poêsie sonore through multi-layered audio works dubbed “vocal micro-particles” and “buccal instances.” He published the review Cinquième Saison, devoted to sound poetry (1958 to 1961), and Review OU (1964 to 1972) featuring concrete poetry, art manifestos, and a range of expressions by major electro-acoustic artists of the time including Brion Gysin, Bernard Heidsieck, Raoul Hausmann, François Dufrêne, Paul de Vree, Gil J. Wolman, Bob Cobbing, Ladislav Novak, Hugh Davis, Sten Hanson, Bengt Emil Johnson, Jacques Bekaert, J.A. de Silva, William Burroughs, Åke Hodell, and Charles Amirkhanian. Chopin’s investigations into audio-tape recording liberated and developed the frontiers of 20th century sound poetry. For an introductory background, see: Henri Chopin, les 9 saintes-phonies: a retrospective (Amsterdam: Staalplaat STCD 070/Korm Plastics KP 4694, 1994). Compilation curated by John Hudak, and containing an interview of Chopin by Hudak in 1990, with essays on Chopin by Hugh Davies.
In this issue of Rampike we investigate heteroglossias and various open texts. Included here are visuals and graphics combining text and image, selected drafts, transliterate, redacted, translated, and transnational texts. Gracing our cover we have the art work of Natalie Mayville (Canadian). Her work was recently featured at the Art Gallery of Windsor in a one-woman show titled “Painted Surfaces” (Dec. 2, 2007 to Jan. 20, 2008). Working with large-format wooden panels using mixed media, Mayville combines latex and oil paint, sometimes collaging portions of text and other materials, into multi-layered abstract compositions that generate palimpsests of a poetry in decay. In this issue we feature the writing of Daphne Marlatt who’s newest remarkable book The Given will be released later this year (M & S). We also feature an interview with David French, one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights. In addition we present a variety of vocal textures including Erin Moure’s translation of the writing of María do Cebreiro, cross-cultural textualities from theorist/writer Stan Fogal, neo-Surrealist textual pieces by Norman Lock and Stan Rogal, new fiction by Rosemary Nixon, and book reviews by blogster rob mclennan, as well as literary aficionado, Fausto Bedoya. We include a play by Armand Garnet Ruffo, while new poetic forms are explored by Gerry Shikatani, Chris Dewdney, Brian Henderson, Anne Compton and Katerina Fretwell, among many others. Visual texts supplied by Miguel Jimeniz, Gary Barwin and Carol Stetser add another layer to this glossolalia. Sit back and listen. These multiple tongues generate manifold sounds, a dialogical plurality of voices, acoustic waves, licking the ears. -- Karl E. Jirgens [Editor]
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In this issue of Rampike we offer a range of innovations in Poetics as outlined and discussed earlier by Aristotle. But let us telescope our time as is the wont of our culture and collapse centuries into a few lines of words. We leap through the neo-classicists, through the Restoration, or the Romantics, to innovations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the latter documented so well by Pierre Joris (one of our Rampike contributors), and Jerome Rothenberg in Poems for the Millennium. We have learned to consider the distinctive features of literature with its languages, forms, genres, and modes of composition as a form of discourse in of itself (see; Anthony Easthope’s assessment in Poetry as Discourse). And we have generated commentary on innovative forms, departures, alternate paths. Thinkers such as Marjorie Perloff (see; Radical Artifice etc.), or publications such as Open Letter or INTER where language as expression is considered both on and off the page, as text and/or performance. Bakhtin was right when he wrote that the novel can be thought of as an ever-expanding form, but the same can be said for all forms of literary expression. Futurist, Vorticist, Formalist, Objectivist, Expressionist, Concrete, Sound, Visual, Oulipist, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, conceptual, and inter-media performance, at a cursory glance. Our modes of linguistic creation are flourishing, a mad garden of delights, a rhapsody of expression. In this issue we feature new poetics, challenging conventional norms and forms, while crossing borders of genre and conventions of thought. Karl Jirgens [Publisher/Editor]
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editorial Rampike 15/2:
In this issue of Rampike we investigate an eclectic range of cultural spaces. We offer fresh outlooks and contrasting perceptions of urban, rural, and woodland locations replete with an “emergency escape” on the front cover created by Valts Kleins. The frontiers of the imagination situate these cultural territories through a variety of media and genres. Included here are graphic works in the form of textual images, photographs, and visual poems. Poetry in this issue explores the space of the text on the page as well as conceptions that consider elements of time/space based on the past, present and hypothetical future. Texts and fictions in this issue include new poetics, new fictions and surfictions, as well as new-journalist, surrealist, absurdist, Oulipist, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and novo-Baroque constructions, among others. For your edification we include a detailed review on the poetics of Nelson Ball, and an in-depth essay on Chicana/o urban poetics. In this issue, we are especially pleased to feature a talk with visual-narrative legends, Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar. Celebrated for their work in the art of realist comics Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar talk of their methodology and craft as well as the film American Splendour which was based on their lives and their work. The film stars Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Paul Giamatti, Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar. Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the film is titled after Pekar’s now-famous comic book series, American Splendour, and has won prestigious awards at cinematic festivals including Sundance and Cannes, as well as garnering an Oscar nomination. This issue of Rampike considers the scope and variety of cultural spaces that inform and question our being. We trust you will enjoy the numerous artists presented here and the varied and remarkable perceptions of landscapes and mindscapes from around the globe. -- Karl Jirgens (editor).
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This issue of Rampike is dedicated to Frank Davey in response to the conference on “Poetics and Popular Culture” held in his honour at the University of Western Ontario (2005). Keynote speakers at that gathering included Charles Bernstein, Lynette Hunter, and Smaro Kamboureli. Poets who read at the conference included Charles Bernstein, Daphne Marlatt, Marlene Nourbese Philip, Lenore Keeshig-Tobias, Roy Miki, and Fred Wah. Many of the conference proceedings and responses are published in special issues of Essays on Canadian Writing,Open Letter, and Rampike. In this issue of Rampike, we feature a number of the participants at that conference as well as writers, artists, and thinkers who have either collaborated with Frank Davey, or those whose views resonate with his perceptions of aesthetics, politics, poetics, cultural studies and/or criticism, and those who are “fellow travellers” through writing.
Frank Davey is well known as the long-standing editor of Open Letter magazine, a dynamic vehicle for the promotion and advancement of innovative thinking on contemporary literature and the arts. Along with his other salient critical statements, Davey’s breakthrough essay “Surviving the Paraphrase: Thematic Criticism and its Alternatives” re-assessed the way Canadians perceive Canadian Literature. Prior to that, along with George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah and others, Davey initiated Tish magazine which, among other things, forwarded an Olsonian and Black Mountain aesthetic while advancing new poetic forms in Canada. Davey’s substantial poetic achievements appear in over two dozen books stretching from 1962 to the present. In 1984, along with Fred Wah, Frank Davey developed Swift Current, the world’s first electronic literary database which provided an open electronic forum for authors and theorists to instantaneously air new writing and criticism. More recently, Davey has developed non-fiction and cultural criticism that is engaged with what bp Nichol identified as “notions of responsibility and duty.” Frank Davey’s recent polemics are engaged with the validity of fact, and have influenced both critical theory and cultural studies. Stephen Scobie has called Davey’s criticism “among the most individual and influential ever written in Canada.” And then, there is Frank’s penchant for raising prize-winning, champion show-dogs, specifically, Great Danes. For more info on Frank Davey’s dogs, his writing, publishing and criticism, and his numerous achievements, we refer you to his interview in this issue, and his web-page at:http://publish.uwo.ca/%7Efdavey/c/daveymain.htm
We are delighted to present this special issue of Rampike, in honour of Frank Davey featuring interviews, statements and expressions by noted authors, artists and critics including, Michael and Linda Hutcheon, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Bernstein, George Bowering, and Brian Edwards (Australia). This issue includes fiction, poetry, visual graphics, theory, arts commentary and trans-genre texts by Canadian and international authors who share the individualistic and forward-thinking ethos, aesthetics and poetics that Frank Davey has advanced throughout his career. We trust you will find this homage to Frank Davey to be in the same stimulating and rewarding spirit as Frank Davey’s many continuing contributions to literature and criticism. – Karl Jirgens/Editor
Frank Davey with Roy Miki, Jeff Derksen & colleagues at the Poetics and Popular Culture Conference (University of Western Ontario). Photo: K. Jirgens.
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editorial Rampike 14/2:
25 Years in print! A cause for celebration! In this, our 25th anniversary issue (Part II), we continue our mandate by featuring both new and established postmodern artists, writers and thinkers. We open this issue with interviews featuring Joyce Carol Oates and Alistair MacLeod, two internationally acclaimed authors with links to the University of Windsor and Southwestern Ontario. This issue also features conceptual works by innovative thinkers including Brian Henderson, Matthew Holmes and Michael Winkler. These three reconsider the intimate connections between thought and language. And, we present fresh new fictions including the avant-garde stylistics of Stuart Ross, Bob Wakulich and Richard Scarsbrook. Delivering an soupçon of international tastes we present a cluster of Baltic authors including Larissa Kostoff an emerging Toronto writer with Latvian background who recently guest-edited an issue of Descant devoted to Latvia; the remarkable Latvian poet Juris Kronbergs who resides in Sweden and who recently completed a literary tour of the USA and Canada including readings at Stanford and the University of Toronto; Jűri Talvet, professor at the influential Tartu University in Estonia, and founder and editor of Interlitteraria, the international journal of Comparative Literature; plus the critically acclaimed Antanas Sileika who runs the highly successful summer writing institute at Humber College in Toronto. We also bring to you outstanding visual and intermedia pieces including photographics by Rick Simon (gracing our cover), textual graphics by Carol Stetser, illuminated photo-poetics by George Elliott Clarke and Ricardo Scipio, as well as the remarkable new opera Shadowtime by Charles Bernstein. Bernstein’s intermedia opera is based on the life of Walter Benjamin and features music by the distinguished composer, Brian Ferneyhough. Further, this issue offers a new wave of creations by prize-winning and celebrated poets Roy Miki, Di Brandt, Doug Barbour, Sheila Murphy, Christopher Dewdney, Jeff Gundy, Margaret Christakos, Rachel Zolf, rob mcLennan, and Carla Hartsfield to name only a few. We thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its ongoing support and we especially thank, you, our readers, for your ongoing support and decades of loyalty! Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next special issue featuring contemporary poetics in honour of Frank Davey and his remarkable achievements as a pre-eminent editor, writer, and thinker.For now, we invite to you to turn the page, and join our celebration of Rampike’s 25thyear in print! – Karl Jirgens (Publisher/Editor-in-Chief).
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25 years in print! A land-mark. I am typing this on a thin lap-top, with a sweet ultra-clear flat-screen. When I first started this magazine in 1979, typewriters were the standard, personal computers still a glint in the eyes of their creators, and desk-top publishing just a pipe-dream. Them was groovy times. 25 years later, we’ve seen and learned a lot. The world has transformed, yet somehow remained the same. Our global village spins at the speed of light, but war, strife and poverty remain constants. Big business continues to consolidate. Governments compete. Artists strive to be seen and heard. That’s where Rampike comes in. Offering a forum for a quarter century. A lighthouse. Our first issue featured the topic of “erosion.” Back then, I shrewdly figured everything always begins with an ending, and so chose erosion as the starting point. Looking back, I congratulate my youthful self for that fore-sight but now realize that it’s not the beginning of the end, more like the end of the beginning. "Rampike,” a Canadian word: the skeleton of a tree, ravaged by lightning or forest-fire. A blackened finger pointing skyward. The seedlings of the lodge-pole pine are automatically released when surrounding temperatures reach the burning point – death/rebirth. The cycle continues. We’ve lost many fellow travelers along the way, but picked up many others. Still, enduring, passing the next highway post, I send thanks to all the artists and writers who filled these pages over the years, thanks to the editors (especially, Jim Francis, James Gray and Carole Turner), thanks to our international cadre of contributors at large, thanks to the art councils (particularly, the Canada Council for the Arts), and thanks to you, our readers. We couldn’t have done it without you. And, special thanks to the great creator, for it all. It’s been a thrill meeting so many artists and writers from around the world, seeing and experiencing so many wonders. And now, a score and five years later, a blip on the odometer, and we’re off on another spin around the village. In this issue, we offer a superb selection of talent. We are delighted to include old friends and new. Interviews, poetry, fiction, reviews, and graphics, by some of the finest artists and writers in the world. We hope that you’ll enjoy these, be stimulated, maybe astonished -- we hope you’ll come back for more, tell your friends, pass it on – we hope that somehow all of this has made some difference in global consciousness – and we thank one and all for 25 years of stalwart support! – Karl Jirgens (Editor-in-Chief).
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editorial Rampike 13/2: Rampike rides again, on the crest of the celebrated Nicholas Frederick Peter?s "Yellow Lightning Tornado" [see:cover image]. Peter's art has been acclaimed world-wide for it's Miro-like simplicity, combined with a remarkable geometric sophistication. With this issue, Rampike has swept up a startling array of mind-turning, internationally-acclaimed inter-disciplinary artists and writers. Here you will find the established and new engaged in the vortices-of-the-text, a "Vortex" of writing, graphics, music, and performance. The internationally celebrated Philippe Sollers joins us in this issue with an instalment of his gyrating H translated by lingo-wizard Elaine Corts. Richard Kostelanetz, who has provided primal energy to the New York avant-garde for decades, fires off text-based innovations in response to the turn-of-the-century, thundering Russian Futurist, Victor Klebnikov, and linguistics theorist, Roman Jakobson. In this issue, we offer an historical and rare, never-before-published interview with bill bissett, along with his swirling metaphysical poetry and tossed salad visuals. Paul Dutton spins out a seminal essay on the works of his fellow Horseman, bp Nichol. Andrea Nicki, Michael Basinski, John Donlan, and Frank Davey encircle language, then re-ground it from different angles, turning, howling. Norman Lock and Opal L. Nations whip up superb fictions that twist brain receptors. Kenneth Doren, Gary Barwin and Monty Cantsin (a.k.a. Istvan Kantor) whirl us into a realm of finely twisted, electronically enhanced digital opera, and augmenting all of these writers are the cross-fire-hurricane visual dynamics of text-image artists from around the world including Helen Lovekin (Canada), Spencer Selby (USA), Carla Bertola (Italy), Carol Stetser (USA), W. M. Sutherland (Canada), Christian Burgaud (France), Reed Altemus (USA), Gerry Shikatani (Canada), Fernando Aguiar (Portugal), and Vittore BAroni (Italy). Rounding up this issue in a dizzying tour-de-force is cult underground figure, Fausto Bedoya, who tilts the world and leaves us spinning. Plus, plenty more! And, the next issue of Rampike brings us to our TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR IN PUBLISHING with more energy and ever-newer innovations! Once again, Rampike opens its doors and invites submissions, but only from the finest innovators of the postmodern! All brought to you through the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts! In the meantime, we offer you the Vortex. A hurricane of language like any other twister combines the Five Elements: Air in the form of swirling wind, Fire in the form of lightning, Earth that has been swept from the firmament, Water in the form of a regenerating downpour, and, finally, the Sublime, in the form of Art, a kinetic and dynamic sustenance that cracks our skills against hard reality. In ancient times, such elements were considered the alchemical fundaments of nature and primal human psychology. We'll let you figure out the rest [q.v.; Jung, et. al.] Here, we offer you Dervish Pirouettes, Aeolian Gandangos, Zepherin Mazurkas and other dancing air-songs. Turn the page; enter the Vortex! --KARL E. JIRGENS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & PUBLISHER, SINCE 1979