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Poetry, Madness, and a Dim View of the World

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"The Critics Shine Our Apples (For the Non-Believers)":

  "Shattered Wig Review is the best of the many underground experimental/surrealist magazines I have encountered in recent years. It is a mother lode of strangeness. Wild juxtapositions, bizarre use of language, and weird art/collage; always raw, sometimes crude. Highly recommended."

                                  - Writer's Keeper 


From "Book Reviews with Michael Basinski" -

     "I began to read this issue (#20) of Shattered Wig Review and could not place it back on the pile. I was enjoying myself with a poetry magazine!......You must engage the Shattered Wig Review, which is a tremendously refreshing poetry and prose and comics and all around insanely beautiful magazine. This issue is 68 pages of wild humor, biting ridiculous, ironic intelligently and artistically moronic art and excellent poems and innovative poetry and prose and art and collage and snips of reality right out of the newspaper (the true lit of idiots) and all of it points out how truly crazy everything about the human race is in fact.....Rupert Wondolowski, editor, is my new hero - what he got is guts and what insight into this frail world in which we live as demented animals.....get this one if you wish other poetry that is not dull, dim, mundane or vapid."    [full review]

Shattered Wig Review #22:   "A literary review in the Exquisite Corpse vein. Lots of surrealism and Oulipian poetry....humor, absurd correspondence, ghoulish comics (A. Goldfarb really stands out), and even an essay, sans irony, on the 1811-13 Luddite Rebellion in England. A smart, highly entertaining publication, as fun to read as it was (I'm sure) to put together."     - Zine World

corn and smoke

Brand New:  Corn & Smoke by 

Blaster Al Ackerman.  Stories, performances, things.


  It's been far too long since a nice perfect bound anthology of Blaster Al Ackerman's disturbing, challenging and always darkly funny writing has been in print. Shattered Wig has put out many chapbook affairs by Blaster before, but this is the first slick monster we've unleashed. 88 pages of "stories, performances, things". $12 postage paid from Shattered Wig Press. 425 E. 31st St., Baltimore, Md.

      "Dr. Al Ackerman is perhaps the modern writer who best captures the in-between-states of being, bringing to light those fevered ideas lodged painfully between our attempts at coherent thought. THE poet of dysfunction, his enormous, shocking imagination rides waves on the tingling underside of urban life and on the entire history of cryptic literary derangement like no one before him.
     "His perfect mastery of both the traditional pulp styles and the most 'advanced' dissociative language writing is deeply unusual to say the least, but all the more so because he puts both of these mindsets to such wildly unexpected, personal ends.
     "In Ackerman's world, we are all just 'ghoolish fools,' and yet, as a great master of the macabre, he somehow manages to make that realization a soaring, liberating song, rather than a crash into depression. His writings both illuminate what is spectacular in our human debris, and also provide a strange humility--as they honestly expose our inherent strangeness and disorientation. What other writer is entirely himself, while also being the heir to the crowns of H.P. Lovecraft, S.J. Perlman, Robert Aickman, and Flann O'Brien, all at once?"

                                           - John Berndt


Shattered Wig Review 27

Shattered Wig Review #27
Available Now.  

Here is a sample peek of what lies therein:

Joe Louis

First go 'round Max Schmeling

dropped Joe Louis in twelve.

Everybody started to cry.

No one thought that Kraut could do it.

The Brown Bomber was tough,

but he dropped his right when he jabbed.

Then Joe Louis knocked out

the Cinderella Man,

who had eked out the Movable Alp,

so Max headed back from Germany

for a rematch.

Last night I sauteed fish

in all the right ingredients.

Schmeling was fleshy propaganda,

but Joe Lewis pummeled him and

ended him in one hundred and twenty-four

seconds. Bam! Thud!

Schmeling wasn't a bad guy though.

In his locker room after the fight

he apologized for losing. He spoke

remarkable English.

He went back to Germany and hid two

Jewish children in his hotel room so

they wouldn't be killed.

He appeared on Joe Louis! This

is Your Life.

- Adam Robinson

Darlene's Story

     Did I ever tell you the running down the hill story? I was about 13, and my best girl friend, Pat Walker, lived across the street from me. Her grandmother lived in Monrovia, CA., and Pat invited me and another girl, Kathy Jenkins, to come with her to visit her childhood neighborhood around her grandmother's house. Of course we went. Well, I remember her grandmother's old house, filled with dust and knick-knacks, but most of all I remember Pat, Kathy and I going out to explore a little hill. We walked up to a point and then Pat dared us to run down the hill. Pat went first and did it with a fair amt of grace. She had done it before, obviously, Kathy did it and was pretty cool too, then it was my turn. Sorry, I'm not an outdoors type. I had seen both Kathy and Pat manage to run down the hill, so I figured I could probably do it, but somehow I started out too fast, and as I went down the hill, my legs got to going faster than I was able to move, so I fell and rolled into whatever was in the path. It was a gas station attendant, and he looked at me and said, "Hey, lady -- did you know there's a big, hairy man lying on the back floorboard of your car?"

- Blaster Al Ackerman and DKA

     Also featuring work by Lauren Bender, Stephanie Barber, John Colburn, John M. Bennett, Mok Hossfeld, M. Magnus, Chris Mason, Justin Sirois, Erin Womack and many more.

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The Whispering of Ice Cubes: New and Selected Pieces by Rupert Wondolowski

Rupert Wondolowski. 58 pages, 5" X 8", perfect bound. ISBN 0-9646868-3-x. $8 postage paid.

Some of the finest nightmarish comic despair culled from earlier chapbooks like Nightmare Rubber and Humans Go Outside to Hurt You combined with new pieces never collected before, from the editor of The Shattered Wig Review.

     "Rupert Wondolowski's gritty work is macabre, mischievous, playful, and irreverent, approximating a fusion of William Kotzwinkle, Ron Padgett (circa Great Balls of Fire, Richard Brautigan, and Charles Bukowski.  These 39 pieces are delivered with the power and polish of French surrealism, and yet they are particularly American in nature, informed by a sort of seamy-underside-of-society perspective, presumably influenced by Wondolowski's residence in Baltimore, Maryland, stomping ground of two other great American surrealists, John Waters and Edgar Allan Poe.  
     This is not some dour, pretentious art-for-art's-sake surrealism, nor is it some tepid experimental workshop riffing, but rather the work of a highly accomplished and unique writer with a twisted sense of humor."

      - Mark Terrill in Rain Taxi

     "In this new collection of gems by the fearless editor of The Shattered Wig Review we find Rupert Wondolowski at his best and most full-throated surrealism, a surrealism with a desperate and very material edge to it: 'when we bump the dead chump's head up against a pillar and smash out some of its teeth it's nothing but an old doorlock lodged back in its throat like a fishhook.' These poems and stories, with their black humor, gritty and phantasmagorical scenarios profoundly based in the everyday life and situations of America, (the real America, not the one on TV), are a welcome relief from the polite whining of much of American literature these days. Read these tales of the true; they will open your eyes and nothing will ever look the same again."

     - John M. Bennett, poet, editor of Lost & Found Times

     "As editor of Baltimore's irreverent literary journal THE SHATTERED WIG (Shattered Wig Press), Rupert Wondolowski has shepherded some of the city's most eccentric, curious and cranky literary voices into print. So it should come as no surprise that a compilation of his own writings, some which first appeared in the aforementioned publication, should share those same qualities. Like Raymond Chandler slumming with Charles Bukowski, Wondolowski writes about displaced heroes adrift in "these fallen times." His poetry and prose are populated by characters described as "walking parental heartbreak" and punctuated by eruptions of surreal and squalid imagery. Wondolowski's displaced heroes often populate the hard, distended underbelly of the city, and one of his best pieces, "Larry the Swollen," ends with "a bystander on the street, yelling, 'Good Christ, look what's left of Oily Joe!'" I'll leave the rest to your imagination.""

     - John Lewis Baltimore Magazine

     "In the absence of the ability to see police everywhere or to instantly self-replicate any disease simply by hearing the symptoms described – this wonderful collection is the next best thing. And like the work of Phil K. Dick and Charles Willeford, these visionary pieces by Rupert Wondolowski become more timely and predictive – in short, truer – with every year that passes."      
     - Blaster Al Ackerman

     "Shattered Wig Review is edited by Rupert Wondolowski, himself an interesting writer, particularly in short-form broken synapse pieces. His latest sole effort is The Whispering of Ice Cubes and like the journal itself is very ready for your bedside endtable."

     - Thurston Moore & Byron Coley, Arthur magazine

     "Wondolowski reminds me a lot of Al Ackerman...both writers are similarly funny, but easy to tell apart. And their personae break unexpectedly often into high (and lyrical) emotional truths."

     - Bob Gruman, Experioddica - Small Magazine Review

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"Of course these little books are much cheaper in person at Normal's or at a Shattered Wig Night when the press masters are filled with guilt and remorse."

Wet Chin: Blaster Al Ackerman. 20 pgs. $4 postage paid.
Like discovering a third testicle or that your clitoris resembles Bugs Bunny, stumbling upon a new Blaster Al Ackerman book can be startling at first, but ultimately deeply satisfying. These are brief, surgical attacks of poesy, brought on perhaps by reading at Wig Night to a pickled crowd with short attention spans, but Blaster can pack worlds into three or four lines.

Let Me Eat Massive Pieces of Clay: Blaster Al Ackerman. $4.00
"The Blaster's twisted genius has never been more in evidence than in this collection of "Poems, etc.", so bizarre that they could only have tumbled from the hand of the master himself." -THE CLEVELAND READER

Good Going Down: Batworth. $3.00
"These poems move from scene to scene in imaginative leaps that carry humor and a gut sense of the rightness of the moment of experience." -MALLIFE (Out-of-print)

Better Coming Up: Batworth. S3.00
"Batworth knows how to confuse, rip apart, reassemble, and leave the adrenaline still running in your system even though the accident is a long time over...this high speed energetic swinging word play catches me off guard and makes no want to hear more so I can re-establish my equilibrium." -TAPROOT REVIEWS

Penetralia: Batworth. $3.00
". ..explore the depths of the psyche and find, not a ghost in the machine, but a machine in the ghost. . .reminiscent of Wyndham Lewis or Italian Futurists and at times evocative of a Nine-lnch-Nails music video." -TAPROOT REVIEWS

A Little Book of Monster Stories and Tales of Horror: China $3.00
All true monster stories by the editor of The Future Generation. "The only real monsters are those who are afraid to look beneath the surface of anyone that is different," - Lon Chaney

Brown-Manuscripts on Mexico and
Europe's Lower East Side
(A Shattered Wig 2 in I book):
John Eaton Writing from Reality Sandwich co-editor dealing with Southeastern Mexico and Eastern Europe (Rumania / Hungary), treating language as a living, separate entity. The United States lie steaming by the wayside as we toss back characters from foreign alphabets and choke on codes and nicknames. $4.00

Nocturnal Tumescence: gavin the gelding. S4.00
Gavin's mother wanted to stop the publication of this book. And not just because she appears in a few of the stories.
"Gavin works in a hospital, but he makes J.G. Ballard look normal" -DSA (Out-of-Print)

if I die-dress me: gavin the gelding $3.00
"It's painful and joyous to bea prisoner of the flesh and reading this chapbook makes you think about that...If you ever wondered whether medical workers are human, they are. This book is living proof." -FACTSHEET FIVE
"Raw outrage at the human condition. . . Bold, hard-hitting stories on the margins of life and death told with humor and pain." -Texture
"A fuckin' masterpiece." -DRIVER'S SIDE AIRBAG

dark and perverse (god is a fucker): G the G. S3.00
"The soul could use a good eating now and then." -the gelding "...ya gotta wonder what's goin' thru Gavin's head" -DSA Prose and Poetry Magazine.
Includes the story: My Mother on Acid.

Fait-Divers: Mok Hossfeld. S5.00
Once Baltimore held not only big, cheap vats of alcohol and twisting alleyways of bizarrerie but also the hope that the spaceships were coming soon to save us. Presiding over the Tavern was this twisted young Truman Capote look- alike who promised us that only words could truly find our warm moist spots. Mok has fled down South and all we got is this here book. 52 pages of words, effacement, frottage and drawings and Punch.

Dona Juana, Chapter1: Mok Hossfeld. S7.00
The first chapter of Mok's illustrated version of his sordid and brilliant novel. Read it before the film version. 90 pages of artistic, deviant madness and more.
"...the text intensely literary...This should be required reading for all those critics writing about revising and rivisioning the canon" -TAPROOT REVIEWS

Dona Juana, Chapter 2:
(Proletarian Infantilism and Revolutionary ineffectuality) Mok Hossfeld $3.00
The second chapter of Mok's illustrated trip through the mad raving of his so-called "live" readings. Pain rarely feels this damn good. 32 pages of art, words, madness and more.

Wonderland by Night: Jenny Keith. S4.00
"High powered, high octane anthems of love and life in the passing lane." -Art in Progress Magazine
Jenny luridly maps out the territory that wobbles between dream and nightmare.

Here the Meat Earns to the Audience: Dan Raphael
"Good Surrealist writing seems not to make sense, on closer examination it is essence. This is good surrealist writing- untranslatable and inexplicable, but fine." -FACTSHEET FIVE- $3.00

The Pilgrim's Process: Chris Toll. $3.00
Baltimore's godfather of poetry and naughty Jesus imagery reveals keys to the sublime and cosmic. (Out-of-Print)

Teen Cardinal: Mitchell W. Feldstein. $9 postage paid; just $8 if you get it direct at Normal's!
New and perfect bound from Shattered Wig Press: Teen Cardinal by the sprightly curmudgeon drummer with the Baltimore sound ensemble Lungfish. Dynamic free verse weaving through everyday philosophical wranglings and taking on time and love, with a deft touch of humor throughout. Lean and staccato.

see the cover and sample poem


Uriac, A.D.F. by Mok Hossfeld.
More drawings and verbiage in a mindbending cross-breeding of Don Marquis and Marquis De Sade, filtered through a sexy Marxist sensibility. 72 pgs. $7.

a page from Uriac, A.D.F.

another page from Uriac, A.D.F.


5 more by Rupert Wondolowski

Nightmare Rubber: Rupert Wondolowski. $2.00
Early paranoia and drunken grappelings with Gertrude Stein. "Photomontage, line drawings, collage, and short fiction con verge in this lively chapbook to make it a fully-wired parody of our faces and times...Don't believe the tabloids. Believe this." -TEXTURE MAGZAINE

Cup Full of Head: Rupert Wondolowski. $2.00
"it's only words" -Rupert's mom Stories and poems with drawings by Peter Pan.

The Incredible Sleeping Man: Rupert Wondolowski. $3.00
"Sleaze is Rupert's liberation." -Dusty Dog Reviews
"short conversations with the interconnected pavement of an absurdity known as reality." -FACTSHEET FIVE (Out-of-Print)

Shiny Pencils: Text-Rupert Wondolowski. Drawings-Mok Hossfeld. S3.00
"A new collection in which Wondolowski continues to develop his unique visceral surrealism the poems are intense, playful, melancholic, sardonic, and intelligent." -FACTSHEET FIVE
"Perhaps it's appropriate that Rupert is from Baltimore, America's wackiest city and home of Ovine, John Waters and Edgar Allan Poe's gravesite." -THE PLASTIC TOWER

Humans Go Outside To Hurt You: Rupert W. $3.00
The latest chapbook from the editor of the Shattered Wig. More surrealism, fear, and paranoia than a shoe fetishist lost at a nudist camp.
"After reading galleys of this book I was found convulsing and admitted to a local psych-hospital. It took many months to convince them I did not have Tourette's syndrome. This always happens to me with Rupert's stuff, damn him." -Richard (Ritchie) Hellstump


Other fine titles available from
The Shattered Wig Press:

the game show years (allah's clarinet): Jeffrey Little. $4.00
Jeffrey Little's poems are effervescent while at the same time gelatinous. They clamp onto your face and spray ether.

The Temptress, Aquaman: Mok Hossfeld. $5.00
Stories and drawings from the twisted pen of the North Carolina bawdy philosopher recluse.

The Bestiary: Kim Carlin. $3.00
On the howlingly funny cover of Kim Carlin's "A Bestiary", animals in formal wear line up for a buffet of unconcerned human heads. Within its pages, poems are divided between "Predator" and "Prey". For Carlin, her jungle is not so much a place as an unguarded feeling, as in "Hammer & Nail", (He's pounding on the door, begging/entrance. Now he's circling, closing in./ I'm safe. The wolf's already inside.) Its inhabitants, from street dogs to Plastic Man, each contribute in small raw increments to the poet's search for the grace infusing her own mortality. "A Bestiary" is powerful stuff. - The Baltimore Sun

Love and Affliction: Gavin the Gelding. $4.00
Stories, poems, letters and kvetching from the sonar technician who fled Baltimore for the desert of New Mexico.
Cover by Mok Hossfeld.
Some art within by Blaster Al.

Nude Polaroids and other stories: Story by Mary Knott, Drawings by Pat Hornburg. $4.00
Nefarious heavy metal boys
are out criss-crossing the country to expand their collection of nude polaroids.

Wig 17Shattered Wig Review #17 :

From deep within the troubled bowels of The Patsy Cline Institute for the Emotionally Disabled comes Shattered Wig Review #17, the latest installment of a lifetime project of absurdo/miserablist butterfly collecting. Greys preparing Betty, "Are You Date Bait", Blaster Al Ackerman's new story "The Expectorator" that is as grim and shoddy as today's headlines, poetry by Mok Hossfeld, letters from underground literary lights like Willie Smith and Gavin the Gelding, eye-popping covers by T. Duggan and Blaster Al, cartoons by Mary Knott and Beppi, collages by Chris Toll, thick staples, uneven page cuts, giddiness, bitterness, watch fobs, bridge trolls....................

Shattered Wig #20

... with a vivid cover done by the mysterious Western Cell Division. -->

Shattered Wig #21

... with cover done by Scott Larson. -->

Shattered Wig #22

... with cover done by Devon Fick. -->

Shattered Wig #23

...cover by Blaster Al Ackerman -->

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