In January, I had the honour of being apart of the new publication, The Gallows Are Busy, published by Cicada Press, a collaborative effort of different artists, writers, and thinkers exploring suspension and disassociation from various perspectives. My contributions include a short piece entitled “Madrid Kills Me: Queer Obsessions and Late Nights in the Movida Madrileña”. The reflective piece explore my research and attempts to bridge my personas of historian and poet.
Many thanks to Anastasiya Osipova for bringing me in on this project, and to both Anastasia and Matthew Whitley for their work.
Cicada Press is a newly formed artists’ press, formed in 2013 and based in New York City.
From the Cicada Press website:
The Gallows Are Busy is a group publication, attempting to follow and describe the trajectory of a glazed and nervous eye, which takes in the textures of things, and all the associations that they give birth to, but fails to understand their function. It gathers several accounts of such suspended, disassociative perception without celebrating, but also without condemning them. Rather, its intention is to consider the broad spectrum of “checking out”: its poetry, its stupidity, its cunning, its rebellion.
Contributions to The Gallows include visual art, original translations, poetry, photography, and writing by: the Anti-Banality Union, Andrea Bellu, Bradley Eros, et al., Eduardo Haro Ibars (of Movida Madrileña), Leonid Lipavsky (OBERIU), Chris Maggio, Anastasiya Osipova, Stewart Uoo, Louie Dean Valencia-García, and Matthew Whitley