The Banyan Review has picked up a trove of my erasure poems! These poems are similar, but different from my past erasures. I’ve been working on a new style of erasure, where the original text is present and readable, and these are the first published in this new style. What I like about these is that being able to read the original text creates a palimpsest affect, where there is interplay between the original text and the new text.
This idea of creating a palimpsest came from a class I took from the poet Kimberly Blaeser, as well as from readers who kept trying to read the original text in my older erasures.
If you find yourself struggling with a few junctures in my erasures, not knowing which direction to take for the “official” reading, don’t worry. Part of the joy of reading an erasure is the misreadings that can be created. No text – even fiction – is complete on the page, but rather, it is completed through the reader’s eyes and mind.
The Banyan Review also asked for a reading. On their website, you’ll also find a video of me reading two of my erasure poems.
Here is the link: http://www.thebanyanreview.com/issue6-summer-2021/ted-snyder-banyan-review-summer-2021/
A City of Han, which includes my short story “The Mosquito Hunters of Korea,” has been reviewed by The Korea Herald.
I am in disbelief that they said my story reminded them of Joseph Conrad. In high school and for many years thereafter, Heart of Darkness was one of my favorite books.
Read the review here.
Maureen and Bill had a good marriage, or so it seemed, until one full moon when he became a wolf man. Their bonds of matrimony are put to the test by his newfound appetite for eating neighborhood cats and rolling in fresh poop.
“The Wolf Man’s Wife” is available on Amazon in the Strange Stories anthology! Pick up your copy today!
Three of my erasure poems, “Plate XVI. B. suturalis,” “Plate VI. L. fulvicauda,” and “No satisfactory explanation” are in the Februrary 2020 print issue of Inverted Syntax. These are erasures of classic entomological texts, revealing the hidden lives of insects and the people who study them.
Pick up your copy today at Inverted Syntax!
A scientist with a US military preventive medicine unit in South Korea dies in a minefield while collecting mosquitoes in the DMZ. His supervisor, the unit’s newly appointed executive officer, takes over the position, only to find out that this was not the first such death. He will have to fight against his unit’s dark history if he is to not repeat it.
“The Mosquito Hunters of Korea” is available on Amazon in the anthology A City of Han: stories by expat writers in South Korea. Pick up your copy today!
A City of Han has been listed as a #1 New Release in Asian Literature by Amazon.com.
Ancestor simulations, such as the matrix simulation in the eponymous movie trilogy, are a recurring form of technology within speculative fiction; however, science fiction critics have largely overlooked their importance to the genre.
This paper examines how ancestor simulations function as a plot device and how this changes over time from the 1980s to today. The relationship between characters and ancestor simulations parallels the growing dependency upon computers during this time period and, disturbingly, suggests a willingness to give up agency for a freedom mediated by computers and technology.
Read my article, ”Ancestor Simulations: A Past, Revisited,” at NewMyths.com.