CONTRA EQUUS NIVEUS II
The Digital Cloud and the Error of Errors:
Many are the forms in which the White Horse manifests. In Vol. II we chose to confront him in one of his more illusive disguises, with clouds of pure information rising over the fiend’s pale face, blotting the sky and eclipsing the sun. Swarms of synthetic molecules buzz about their waterless bodies as the wind passes right through them.
We would look upon the true face of nature with horror if we could only see what was really there. Each datum infrastructure requires the amount of power necessary to power a small city, and each warehouse block is a reminder, for all who wish to see, that we can no longer hide our empire in metaphysics or at a safe distance from its parent infrastructure. The clouds’ shadow hugs the earth as it grows, rolling along the mountain chains and vistas obstructed by chain link fences. Our prying, privileged eyes can see the strings running between heaven and earth, providing the Haarp its siren song.
These strains, presented as seven poems by seven poets, either touch upon the accused or provide a glimpse into places and atmospheres where heightened anxieties arouse in the seer painful premonitions of the coming shadow, where the very basis of “wellness” (Linden) has been estranged from its humanity and the earth is reduced to “a bare acid grassland waste” (Carfagna).
We would like to extend our gratitude to the seven poets, without whom, we would have no basis for argument to issue forth against the reign of the White Horse.
Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently: Symphonies Nos. 5, & 9 published by White Sky Books. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence. Ric lives in rural central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna and daughters, Emilia and Aria.
Daniel Demarse was born and raised in New York City and attended Boarding School at Millbrook in upstate New York. He lives there still, spending most of his time experiencing, writing and reading new things.
Les Gottesman’s poems have appeared in many print and online journals and magazines. Finishing Line Press brought out his chapbook, Misuses of Poetry and Other Poems, in 2013, and Tebot Bach published The Cases, winner of the 2012 Clockwise Chapbook Competition, in 2015. See more of Les’s work here.
Sophie Linden sleeps in Portland, Oregon.
Michael Peters is the author of the sound-imaging poem Vaast Bin (Calamari Press) and other assorted language art and sound works. As certain as he is uncertain of access to “the real,” Peters frequently tests this periphery as a poet, visual poet, fictioneer, and musician in a variety of old and new media.
Dave Shortt’s work has appeared in various print venues including Mesechabe, Sulfur, and Nedge, and online in webzines such as Astropoetica, Switched-on Gutenberg, Ygdrasil, Verse Wisconsin, The Pedestal, S/WORD, and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.
Noel Sloboda is the author of the poetry collections Our Rarer Monsters (sunnyoutside, 2013) and Shell Games (sunnyoutside, 2008) as well as several chapbooks, most recently Risk Management Studies (Kattywompus Press, 2015). He has also published a book about Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein. He teaches at Penn State York.
Free copies of CONTRA EQUUS NIVEUS no. 2 are now available at Adobe Books + Arts Cooperative, City Lights Bookstore, Dog Eared Books, Alley Cat Books, Modern Times Bookstore Collective, and will be available soon at Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore in San Francisco.