BOMB 154 Winter 2021

Lo Res Cover For Site

GET THE FULL ISSUE IN PRINT NOW!



Editor's Choice


Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979

by Ted Dodson


Matt Keegan’s 1996

by Charity Coleman


Caroline Catz’s Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes

by Max Pearl


Artavazd Pelechian’s Nature

by Nicholas Elliott


Black Unity Trio’s Al-Fatihah

by Matthew Rivera


André Breton and Philippe Soupault’s The Magnetic Fields

by Marko Gluhaich


Douglas Crimp’s Dance Dance Film Essays

by Rosalyn Deutsche



Interviews


ART: Mary Lovelace O’Neal

by Suzanne Jackson


ART: Walton Ford

by Andrés Reséndez


LITERATURE: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

by Amy Gall


MUSIC: Tashi Dorji and Aaron Turner


ART: Guadalupe Maravilla

by Janine Antoni


FILM: The Ross Brothers

by RaMell Ross


LITERATURE: Danielle Evans

by Jamel Brinkley



Fiction


I Fall Asleep Watching Home Videos and Dream

by Langston Cotman


Sundown at the Eternal Staircase

by GennaRose Nethercott


Three Boyfriends

by Brontez Purnell



Poetry


Two Poems

by Rae Armantrout


Compass Poems

by Allison Parrish


Four Poems

by Imani Elizabeth Jackson



Comic


Chess

by Michael DeForge



Project


Cookbooklets

by Dindga McCannon and LeonRaymond Mitchell



Journal

Protest Drawings

by Steve Mumford

issues-c-f All Issues Buy Issue
Editor's Choice

Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979 by Ted Dodson

In the series of images, de Barros licks a typewriter’s keys, then its typebars, before becoming increasingly ensnared by the typewriter.

Matt Keegan’s 1996 by Charity Coleman
A spread from Matt Keegan's book titled 1996 showing Time Magazine covers from that year

A sleek but sensitive compendium of cultural production and politics three years in the making and spanning more than two decades.

Caroline Catz’s Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes by Max Pearl
A black-and-white overlaid image of Caroline Catz playin Delia Derbyshire leaning over her sound machines.

TV shows and films about alternate dimensions or alien planets are only convincing when paired with sounds that also seem otherworldly.

Artavazd Pelechian’s Nature by Nicholas Elliott
black and white still of mountain peaks above the clouds

Artavazd Pelechian’s Nature is not about the end of the world, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Black Unity Trio’s Al-Fatihah by Matthew Rivera
Black Unity Trio Front Cover High Res Copy

Reissued for the first time after fifty years, the Black Unity Trio’s rare and explosive free jazz album Al-Fatihah still resonates with the sounds of solidarity amid a scene of intense political struggle.

André Breton and Philippe Soupault’s The Magnetic Fields by Marko Gluhaich
minimalist pen sketch of Andre Breton's profile

In 1919, André Breton and Philippe Soupault were coming of age in the wake of World War I and the Spanish influenza pandemic.

Douglas Crimp’s Dance Dance Film Essays by Rosalyn Deutsche
Black and white photograph of dancer Nicholas Strafaccia participating in Trisha Brown’s Spiral. In a large warehouse with several columns and a ladder in the background, Strafaccia wears loose white clothing and is attached to a harness connecting to him to a cord. The cord has spiraled around the column and he hangs perpendicular to the column, parallel to the ground beneath him.

At some point in the late ’70s, when Douglas Crimp and I were art history doctoral students at the Graduate Center, CUNY, he invited me to the ballet.

Interviews

The Ross Brothers by RaMell Ross

The filmmakers question the conventions of documentation with work that seeks transparency and authenticity outside of the fiction–nonfiction dichotomy.

Mary Lovelace O’Neal by Suzanne Jackson
The painting 'Grave Robbers' by Mary Lovelace O'Neal. A mixed media collage, including paper and paint, with intersecting geometrical patterns. The center of the piece is dark purple and blue. The right side of the piece has a thin panel of yellow and a column of red paint droplets. The left side of the piece has a panel of alternating blue and red squares.

The painters, who met in 1973, reflect on their experiences with student protests, the Black Panthers, and the pressure to be a “bigger guy” than their male counterparts.

Walton Ford by Andrés Reséndez
The painting ‘Euphrates’ by Walton Ford. A 2020 piece consisting of watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper. An Arabian oryx, a white mammal with long, sharp black horns and black legs is shown mid-leap emerging from a forest going towards a body of water.

The painter and the historian find common ground by unearthing narrative histories that have been overlooked and nearly forgotten.

Tashi Dorji and Aaron Turner
Musician Aaron Turner sits on a dimly lit stage, holding a guitar in one hand and controlling electronic music equipment with the other. Musician Tashi Dorji kneels on the stage, also maneuvering between a guitar and electronic music equipment.

In a two-way interview, the musicians talk about their approach to metal and improvisational music that navigates chaos and the division between genres.

Guadalupe Maravilla by Janine Antoni
An installation view of artist Guadalupe Maravilla's 'Disease Thrower.' Three sculptures sit in a room with purple walls and a reflective concrete floor. Each sculpture is comprised of an abstract base and a large gong.

By embracing the rituals of healing, Maravilla’s sculptures have taken on new meaning—and dimensions—in response to the pandemic.

Danielle Evans by Jamel Brinkley
Portrait of author Danielle Evans. The photograph is tinted pink.

In Evans’s first interview before the release of her new and unintentionally prescient collection, The Office of Historical Corrections, she discusses humor, power, and replicas of the Titanic.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by Amy Gall
A duo-tone portrait of author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. The background is a dark slate blue and the photo of Sycamore is light pink. Sycamore's hand covers her face and presses her chunky beaded necklace against her mouth.

With her latest book, The Freezer Door, Sycamore breaks down language and genre to confront intimacy, the politics of gay bars, and to find the communities we desire.

Fiction

I Fall Asleep Watching Home Videos and Dream by Langston Cotman

Sundown at the Eternal Staircase by GennaRose Nethercott
BOMB Magazine issue #154 open to GennaRose Nethercott's "Sundown at the Eternal Staircase" against a light pink background. The text is surrounded by a dark blue, geometric-patterned border.
Three Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell
Brontez Purnell Teaser Gif

A preview of Brontez Purnell’s upcoming collection, 100 Boyfriends.

Poetry

Compass Poems by Allison Parrish

To create her compass poems, poet and programmer Allison Parrish trained a machine learning model with two parts: one spells words based on how they sound, and the other sounds out words based on how they’re spelled.

Four Poems by Imani Elizabeth Jackson
BOMB Magazine Issue 154 folded open to showcase Imani Elizabeth Jackson’s Four Poems, printed in white ink on dark blue paper, reading vertically along the outer edges of the pages.
Two Poems by Rae Armantrout
BOMB Magazine Issue 154 folded open to showcase Rae Armantrout's poems against a black background. The pages have large yellow borders.
Comic

Chess by Michael DeForge

Journal

Protest Drawings by Steve Mumford