Tuesday, May 7, 2013



pathos in deliberative disdain by Heller Levinson
Mosaic by James Mirarchi
Marching by Ben Currier
Please Don't Finger Me by Samantha Stewart
The Other Place by Michael Brandonisio
The Eight-Wheeled Doorway of Serpent's Head by Mark Fleury
Two poems by Niall Rasputin
Chained Men by Jon Bennett
Two poems by Paul Grant
Two poems by George Held
Two poems by Mark Young
Two poems by Bruce McRae
To Ginsberg, on Going to the Wars by Christian Aguiar
from Quintet Dialogues: translating introspection by Felino Soriano
Mare Vaporum by Ann Howells
A Lesson in Male Semiotics by Katherine Albrook
Something in the System by Hannah Adcock
New Job in Small Office by Donal Mahoney
American Anxiety by A.P. Carlson
Res Erection by Michael Murray
Somewhere the Sun by David Mac
Two poems by David McLean
Two poems by Richard King Perkins II

Manic for Sonics! by Alison Ross (CD Review of Deerhunter's Monomania)
Django Unchained, A Reviewer Pissed Off by Christian Aguiar (Movie Review)
A Shaman and his Shocking Secret Success by Alison Ross (CD/Movie Review of "Searching for Sugarman" Film/Soundtrack)
Michael McAloran's In Damage Seasons by David McLean (Book Review)
A Liberating Linguistics by Alison Ross (Book Review of Hinge Trio)
Bartin D. Smock's mating rituals of the responsibly poor by David McLean (Book Review)
All You Need is Amour by Alison Ross (Movie Review)
Kevin Reid's Body Voices by David McLean (Book Review)
Powerful Cats, Public Enemies, and the Ty that Binds by Alison Ross (CD Mini-Reviews)
Travis Blair's Little Sandwiches by David McLean (Book Review)

The Truth by Matt Kolbet (Satire)
Games, Guns, and the NRA: A Story of Incest by Alison Ross (Polemic)
Karl Marx Would be Appalled at American Capitalism by Edwin Young (Polemic)
Finally, An Intelligent Story About Sex! by Jon Wesick (Satire)
The Ultimate Existential Dilemma of Our Futur Global World by Edwin Young (Polemic)
A Revolutionary Mode of Educating in the Midst of Modern Pseudo Media by Edwin Young (Polemic)

Monday, May 6, 2013


For this issue's Catatonically Speaking, I have spared you my usual, exasperating rambling tirade.

Instead, in honor of the magical band, Deerhunter, whose new album. Monomania, I feature in a brief review this issue, I will post three images to express what's consuming me lately. When it comes to "stuff," I am predictably "trio-manic." I obsess about politics and music and literature/art, basically (is that four? But but...I see lit and art as connected...). But I am monomanic in the sense that when I obsess on those topics, I obsess about one aspect of those topics, endlessly. And it brings me much joy, but also much angst.

See if you can guess - it's OH SO DIFFICULT - which particular element of each of my triumvirate of preoccupations I have been obsessing about lately.

 So anyway. Blah blah etc. May your own obsessions bring you infinite agony or ephemeral bliss!

Submission guidelines

ATTENTION: As of September 1st, 2014, Clockwise Cat now has its own domain, hence a new site: www.clockwisecat.com. This site is now archive, so please steer yer browsers to the above addy for the latest and greatest. Spanks for supporting The Feline Times!

Clockwise Cat is a progressive literary webzine appearing seasonally that features poetry, polemics, satire, and reviews.


Writer/Editor Jim Harrington interviewed webzine editors about their submissions guidelines. Here is my interview, which may give you some insights into my editing and publishing process:

Six Questions for Alison Ross

Editor Laura Roberts at Black Heart Magazine also interviewed me, which may give you further insight into Clocky Kitty:

An Interview with Clockwise Cat Editor Alison Ross


Rule #1: Please peruse previous issues to get an idea as to what Clockwise Cat is looking for content-wise, and style-wise.

Rule #2: Please adhere to the following guidelines. Failure to do so will earn you a cyber-spanking, plus DISQUALIFICATION FROM CONSIDERATION. Banishment from the universe will also be contemplated if your guideline violations are particularly egregious. (We do realize, of course, that you may perversely revel in spankings, cyber-wise and otherwise, in which case we must banish you from the universe for being such a kinky creep. On the other hand, we kind of revel in a little spanky-panky ourselves, so HEY.)


Clockwise Cat prefers to receive poetry that is in some way akin to the Symbolist, Dadaist, Surrealist, Beat, spoken word, and experimental genres. However, we will regard all well-crafted submissions that somehow flout conventions. (In other words, if your poem is in any way "academic" in style, it better damn well be imaginatively academic - and of course, that's a rather oxymoronic qualification. But, of course, anything is possible, so don't be shy if you think your piece fits the style and purview of the magazine.)

Quantity and length: Please submit no more than TWO (DOS, DEUX, ZWEI) poems of reasonable length.


When submitting book, music, and movie reviews, be reminded that we prefer reviews of books and films that are progressive in theme or in style and of music that is forward-looking rather than that which uninspiringly retreads past styles. Again, use your best judgment in this regard, for we’ll certainly use ours. Please note that your review does NOT have to be about a recently released book, movie, or CD. Your may review something that was released years, or even decades, or even centuries, ago. Reviews of books, movies and music that you read/saw/heard in the future when you time-traveled/hallucinated last week are not acceptable, however, although we may change our mind on this.

Quantity and length: Please submit up to TWO reviews of no more than around 1,500 words.


Political rants and polemics should be progressive in spirit. Obviously the term “progressive” is subject to ambiguous interpretation, and we certainly don’t want to dissuade disparate viewpoints. Just use your best judgment and we’ll use ours. Typically, we like rants that are anti-imperialistic in flavor, but they must be well-written and serve a point beyond just taking the government to task. SAY something of substance - don't just whine and snivel like the spoiled American brat that you are. (You might be a brat of a different nationality, of course, which is entirely acceptable. We are not xenophobic freaks and have published rants about corrupt governments around the world. Tyranny knows no bounds...)

Also, while the magazine bluntly espouses progressive viewpoints, Clockwise Cat prefers that your submitted pieces not be mere ideological liberal claptrap; if you disagree with a typical "lefty" viewpoint, say so. Don't just blindly follow for fear of betraying your fellow smelly, pot-toking, free-love brothers and sisters. Be a critical thinker for once in your pathetic, welfare-moocher exisence.

Quantity and length: Please submit up to TWO polemics of no more than around 1,500 words.


Clockwise Cat believes that satire is the most elevated form of art and political dissent. To that end, the Cat eagerly encourages you to submit your searing satirical pieces. Put that Swiftian wit and Voltairian venom to pointed purpose. Some of the luscious lampoonery that Clockwise Cat relishes includes just about anything by Vonnegut, Voltaire's "Candide," Swift's "Modest Proposal," Twain's "The Damned Human Race," Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove," the TV shows, "The Colbert Report," "The Simpsons," and "Family Guy," the movies "Borat," "Office Space," and "Idiocracy," and the political cartoon, "This Modern World."

Quantity and length: Please submit up to TWO pieces of POLITICAL satire of no more than around 1,500 words.


Please submit a brief THIRD-PERSON biography of yourself as well. The bio can include previous publication information, links to your website, and any other interesting tidbits you'd like us to know.

Please, NO simultaneous submissions of poetry. Simultaneous submissions of reviews, polemics and satire are fine; just let us know of the fact.

Previously published poetry IS accepted, however; just let us know where your piece originally appeared. This is the case for reviews, polemics and satire as well.

Multiple submissions (submissions in different genres) ARE acceptable, and in fact, FUN!

Please note that we do NOT accept revised versions of your work once it is accepted. We are not a writing workshop; we are a magazine! DUH!

(Oh, and a cover letter is always nice. It doesn't have to be long (in fact we prefer it not to be - just cuz I ramble into infinity does not mean you have the license to emulate me), but I find it ODD and RUDE when people submit writing without at least introducing themselves. I mean, would you walk into the office of someone you don't know and just start blabbing about your life, or would you perhaps introduce yourself first? Exactly.)

(Also, and this is a NEW guideline: We will NOT be honoring any more requests to remove a piece at a later date. We will only honor requests for name changes - say, your real name to a pseudonym. So, be forewarned of this. If you think you might not get a future job offer because of the profane piece you published here at Clockwise Cat two years ago, well, then maybe you should be using a pseudonym to begin with, you pervert. Also, we will only honor the request to change your name ONCE. If you want to change it BACK to your real name because suddenly you grew balls/ovaries and don't care whether you get that joke of a generic job in that corporate low-wage hellhole, that's tough she-ite. Ain't nobody got time for vacillations.)

(Oh, and if you are a rude, sexist asshole to me, you will be deleted, on the spot, no further discussion, nice knowin' ya (not really), and don't let the Iron Doors of Doom slam your flabby ass on the way out, you misogynist prick. And if you are a rude bitch, same goes. In fact, if you are rude to an EDITOR, SOMEONE WHO IS PUBLISHING YOUR WORK, then you don't really deserve to be called a writer, so go find another hobby, or better yet, another planet. Thanks in advance.)

Please send all submissions to Publisher/Editor Alison Ross at Fleurdumal666@gmail.com. Please paste your submissions into the body of your e-mail OR attach it to a MS Word Document. Write "Submission - Genre" in your subject line. Note that this doesn't mean you actually write "Submission - Genre" in the e-mail subject line, but that you SPECIFY the actual genre - i.e., poetry, review, polemic, satire. As an example, for a poetry submission, write "Submission - POETRY" - but without the quotation marks.

(We didn't think we'd have to explain this part of the guidelines in such excruciating detail, but trust me - we do. Yup.)

We will try to respond to everyone within to two to three weeks, usually sooner. Please be patient. We do intend to respond to everyone, regardless of acceptance. We're of the mindset that EVERYONE deserves a response within a REASONABLE amount of time. IF YOU DON'T HEAR FROM US WITHIN FOUR WEEKS, PLEASE INQUIRE AGAIN.

Obviously, we are not a paying market, but the psychological rewards are nonetheless manifold. (That is, Clockwise Cat kicks ass, and you're lucky to be published here. (Okay, not really.) (Okay, yes, really.) (Hubris RULES!)

Legal Notification:

Upon publication in Clockwise Cat, all rights revert to the author. However, Clockwise Cat reserves the right to archive the submitted material online. Clockwise Cat also reserves the right to publish your submitted material in any print versions of the magazine, should they ever materialize, which is highly unlikely at this point, but nonetheless a possibility, cuz we love to dream.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Manic for Sonics! by Alison Ross (CD review: Deerhunter's Monomania)

Bradford Cox is a rabid consumer of music and a rabid producer of music in equal measure. His voracious obsession with both musical input and output has a disconcerting intrigue to it. Over the 8 years that he has been active with his two projects, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, Cox has flowed forth with a total of 8 Deerhunter albums and EPs, 3 Atlas Sound albums, some singles from both bands, and hundreds of additional songs released on his blog. He is, in a nutshell, manic for sonics. In deploying the title, Monomania, Cox is making a stark confession about his at-times pernicious preoccupation with music (he's had several nervous breadowns over the years). Here, he is finally able to synthesize all of his wildly disparate influences (from Echo and the Bunnymen to 60s girl groups to everything in between), those tuneful idols that keep him up at night, sweating with audiophile fever. But whereas past Deerhunter efforts have largely mined the soft, shimmering surfaces and doom and gloom depths of shoegaze and post punk, Monomania is fuzz-wrapped avante garde Americana. The best of Deerhunter's five albums, Cryptograms, was all angular ambience, elliptical ethereality, and mercurial moodiness. Other offerings were mostly drenched in post-punk nostalgia, featuring the odd forays into gritty garage rock. But Monomania cranks up the garage element to full filthy effect, allowing dirty distortion to slyly shroud the folksy, scratchy-voiced dirges within. Even Cox's folk-ish Atlas Sound has not traversed too far into the pastoral soundscapes of Americana. And hell - there are even times that Monomania recalls The Stooges or other glammy garage acts. Mostly it just sounds like a way better incarnation of DH's clunky, noisy, but still listenable debut, Turn it Up Faggot. There are some shoegazey tracks on Monomania, of course, mainly by way of the contributions of guitarist Lockett Pundt, whose own solo project, Lotus Plaza, leans more toward the ambient and postmodern punk ethos than toward the Dylan folk-rock and Bo Diddley rhythm and blues Cox is so fond of. Next issue there will be a track-by-track dissection of this just-released masterpiece (I need more time to digest it), but for now, relish in the soulful dissonance that is Monomania!

NPR First Listen: Monomania