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TigerTorakio

Gregory Kimbrell / 38 / Male / Richmond, VA

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H the Shadow Book II begins...

Happy New Year! Yes, 2020, wasn't great. And I'm certainly hoping for a better 2021. But there have been plenty of loser years before. And some good things happened in 2020. In personal literary terms: On the one hand, I had just a single poem published and felt pretty depressed at how devoid of im…

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H the Shadow Book I comes to a close...

I began this project close to two years ago, in January of 2019, as an experiment. Previously, I'd done erasure only as a kind of party game or warmup activity leading to other writing projects. But, given how fun erasure can be, it's hard for me to keep away from it, and I wanted to try crafting a…

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2020, Poetry and Music

I haven't felt like posting anything the past few months. 2020 has been pretty depressing. I do have a piece of good news about my writing: My second book, The Ceremonial Armor of the Impostor, has been nominated for an Elgin Award from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. The Elgin Aw…

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First poem published in 2020

The wonderful Rough Cut Press has included my android poem "White Terminal" in their machine-themed issue no. 9. Check it out! https://roughcutpress.com/issue-9-machine/ He has never confessed to his wife that he is a machine, but in watching over her through her thousand-year sleep, he wonders how…

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First poem published in 2020

The wonderful Rough Cut Press has included my android poem "White Terminal" in their machine-themed issue no. 9. Check it out! https://roughcutpress.com/issue-9-machine/ He has never confessed to his wife that he is a machine, but in watching over her through her thousand-year sleep, he wonders how…

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New tiger poem in Alcyone

My new poem "Companion ^ Deprivation Chamber" appears in the latest issue of Alcyone. "A tiger has no use for a man's / pain." Available through Amazon Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YTMQK7/

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My second book of poems, now on sale!

At last, The Ceremonial Armor of the Impostor, my second book of poems, has arrived! https://www.weaselpress.com/shop/the-ceremonial-armor-of-the-impostor It's a kind of verse novel consisting of two sequences of poems that tell thematically intertwined stories. One sequence, inspired in part by Th…

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Six new poems in Deluge and Coffin Bell

He whistles what he prays to be the musical password to the robot guardian that, despite its believably human form, does not actually breathe, but reveals in its glass eyes a flicker of the spark that animates its ceramic frame. I have six new dreamlike, erotic, grotesque pieces appearing in Deluge…

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Companion piece to "The Buses Have Left"

"The Film Is Free Online," published by [i]Rune Bear[/i]: http://runebear.com/weekly/the-film-is-free-online As the protective door shuts behind me I catch [a last glimpse of the falcons’] shadows on the ground

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New poem in Rune Bear

"The Buses Have Left" http://runebear.com/weekly/the-buses-have-left/ "You are [far] / from the hygienic labs of your youth"

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New poem in Door is a Jar

Print only, available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1074746155 Featuring my poem "Invocation // The Beast That Makes Holes in the Barrier" "the saboteur / lies half dead in the narrow, wall-mounted bed // within his cabin, having spent himself during a / night of intricate love games with tw…

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New poem in Alcyone for Amazon Kindle

Reptilian boyfriends, beware. My poem "▼ Programming [2]" is now available in the great journal Alcyone, readable on Amazon Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TBV8MWR/ "The lizard / strips off its own scales and reveals / the tender meat that desires warmth."

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Three new poems in Across the Margin

I'm happy to share these three sci-fi/horror surrealist pieces: "Translation: Trauma・Layer," "Translation: Biophoton・Fog," and "Cockroaches": https://acrossthemargin.com/three-poems-by-gregory-kimbrell/ "This is the fate of love / against a background / of cinema / and nuclear destruction."

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New poem in Manticore anthology

My poem "Minimalism" appears in the new anthology Manticore—Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities from Sundress Publications: http://www.sundresspublications.com/echaps.htm Click the cover image to download the PDF. It's a large file, so it might take a minute. "But down here, everybody wears masks…

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New poems in Otoliths

A collection of five of my latest poems appears in the new issue of the weird and wonderful online journal Otoliths: https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2019/02/gregory-kimbrell.html. We've got gay demons, assassins on the run, religious zealots, sex with a goatman, and anonymous encounters in the bat…

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At last, my second book!

I'm still amazed that it's finally happening, but my second book of poems has been picked up for publication. And by Weasel Press (https://www.weaselpress.com/), a press near and dear to the furry world! The book, titled The Ceremonial Armor of the Impostor, is a novel-in-verse-ish collection featu…

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New poem in Fearsome Critters

My prose poem "No one should expect an invitation" appears in the second issue of Fearsome Critters, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Fearsome-Critters-Arts-Journal/dp/1091909997 The poem was inspired largely by Edward Gorey's book The Glorious Nosebleed, especially this page: https://kihm2.w…

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New poem in Impossible Archetype

Check out the latest issue of Impossible Archetype for a surreal dystopian prose poem by yours truly. https://impossiblearchetype.wordpress.com/5-2/

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Two new poems in Coal Hill Review

"Every Day New Valleys" https://coalhillreview.com/every-day-new-valleys/ "Neutral Blood" https://coalhillreview.com/26682-2/ The first is a very recent experiment in improvisational writing. The second, on the other hand, is an older and formally restrained piece inspired largely by, of all things…

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New poem in Gyroscope Review

"Invocation // The Beast That Scrapes Off the Top Layer" http://www.gyroscopereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/WINTER-2019-WEBSITE-PDF-VERSION-.pdf This time, my inspirations include Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl (see some of his extraordinary art here: https://jeremybastian.bigcartel.com…

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New poem in IDK Magazine

A brand new poem of mine appears in the latest issue of IDK Magazine: "The Scraps That Choke the Cutter" http://www.idkmagazine.com/gregory-kimbrell As with a lot of my recent pieces, the form of the poem is inspired by Armand Schwerner's The Tablets, a long series of poems that imitate, pay tribut…

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New Junji Ito-inspired prose poem in Phantom Drift

My prose poem "The flesh is a thing to be removed" appears in the latest issue of the print journal Phantom Drift. Phantom Drift is a "journal of new fabulism" and features some extraordinary and extraordinarily odd writing. If you're interested, you can buy copies here: https://www.phantomdrift.or…

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Two new surreal dream poems of mine in Quail Bell Magazine

2019 is off to a promising start. My first two poems published this year are out in Quail Bell Magazine, which got its start at my very own Virginia Commonwealth University and is run by a group of inspiringly imaginative women (http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/about.html). I'm happy to share these…

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H the Shadow Begins

Today I post the first pages of an ongoing verse erasure of the Victorian novel The Bondman by Hall Caine, originally published in 1890 in the UK by Heinemann and now in the public domain. The copy I'm erasing is the first US printing by Hurst & Co. The full original text is found here: http://www.…

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My first poetry acceptance of 2019

I'm happy to report that over the weekend a journal picked up two of my poems for publication. An auspicious start to the year, I hope. Also, a poem that was accepted for publication a while back has just appeared in the beautifully printed journal Rabbit Catastrophe Review: http://rabbitcatastroph…

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My last published poem of 2018

“Invocation // The Beast That Resides in the Acute Angle” https://zingarapoet.net/2018/12/23/invocation-the-beast-that-resides-in-the-acute-angle-by-gregory-kimbrell/ Here's to a new year on the battlefield that is the poetry business. I will survive.