28 January 2017

"Coppelius" is published in Synaeresis!

Synaeresis issue one now available!
Read "Coppelius" here.
I am pleased to announce that my poem "Coppelius" is a part of a new online poetry and arts journal, Synaeresis. I am so happy to be in the company of talented artists and writers and am thankful to see my poem in print.

The first issue is available now! You can find it on Scribd, Archive.Org (which lets you send to Kindle or Nook), and Issuu

There is also a call for submissions for their second issue is you wish to submit your poetry or art for publication. 

About Synaeresis

From the journal: "Synaeresis is an online journal showcasing literary and artistic talent from London Ontario, Canada, United States, and from around the world. Though poetry is predominant, there is also flash fiction, photography, and original artwork. Published by Harmonia Press of London, Ontario." It is edited by Andreas Gripp.

About "Coppelius"

"Coppelius" is inspired by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Sandman," which is a short story you can read here. "The Sandman" dates from 1816 and is arguably one of the earliest works of macabre fantasy to feature elements of modern science fiction (automata), along with works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

The contributors to issue one of Synaeresis.
"The Sandman" is also famous in Sigmund Freud's essay on "The Uncanny;" in fact Freud writes, "Hoffmann is in literature the unrivalled master of conjuring up the uncanny" (9).  Freud explains that the uncanny "derives its terror not from something externally alien or unknown but--on the contrary--from something strangely familiar" (Morris). It's the feeling of something being not quite right, of something being off-kilter. This feeling, in a nutshell, is cognitive dissonance, and Hoffmann is a master of taking something familiar to us and warping it enough that it no longer represents what we know it to be.

My poem is the personal narrative of Dr. Coppelius, and while he mentions the automaton Olimpia, the real genius of the invention is, of course, the "eyes." And as I write in my poem, "eyes are not a window, but a mirror."

Please enjoy, and thank you so much for your support!

Works Cited

Freud, Sigmund. "The Uncanny." The “Uncanny” (1919): 1-21. MIT.edu. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Web.

Morris, David. "The Uncanny and the Fantastic." The Uncanny and the Fantastic. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2017.

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