some mark made is a new limited edition publication that considers hybrid, material and intellectually rigorous literary practices. Edited by Sue Rainsford, it features "experimental and speculative writing in the veins of poetry, prose and criticism from Claire Farley, Shauna Barbosa, Caroline Doolin, Michael Naghten Shanks, Michelle Hall, Jonelle Mannion, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy and Sue Rainsford."
Rainsford writes in her editorial: "Often, when literary activity foregrounds its visual or tactile elements, when it embraces process or takes place away from the immediate terrain of the page, it’s ascribed titles such as ‘hybrid’, ‘performative’ or ‘experimental’. These terms seem to soften boundary lines so that bodies of writing can be intuitive rather than narrative, sensory rather than descriptive. It is worth remembering, however, that literature is by nature expansive, tactile and interrogative."
My contribution to some mark made bears the title 'people power and dance culture...' and is taken from a new work in progress that investigates among other things decentralised modes of communication, the fluidity of identity in online environments, and spaces between web-based and physical writing. This from Rainsford's editorial:
"Christodoulos Makris’ poem also draws on the fecundity of linguistic forms. Alternating between anecdotal and lyrical, Makris offers us a rumination that is implicitly interrogative, employing words as dynamic units and agrammatical fragments. While the poem compels us to read it aloud, speech is conjured even by the most cursory glance at the page, and the reader apprehends the subject of the poem as well as the textural power of syntax. It calls to mind Derrida’s pneumatological writing, in that the poem sees words brought close again to voice and breath."
some mark made will be launched on Friday 4 March at The Winding Stair bookshop in Dublin, with readings from Shauna Barbosa, Julie Morrissy and myself. Start time is 6pm and admission is free.