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David Detrich

Richard Beckham II

Steven Seidenberg

Tantra Bensko

​Gabriel Toupin

​Reid Matko


Brian Forrest
Clinton Van Inman

David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He edits Innovative Fiction Magazine, and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.

Richard Beckham II is the author of two novels, Frog in the Pot, which is about an alcoholic's quarter-life crisis, and, The Tale of Mu, a mythic fiction fantasy novel about Lemuria. He has an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and he also paints with oils in Seattle, where he lives with his wife. More information about Richard can be found on his blog, Cognac and Coors, at www.richardbeckham.com

Writer and artist Steven Seidenberg is the author of Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Itch (RAW ArT Press, 2014), Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2014), and numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism, most recently Duration Knows No Law (ypolita press). He co-edits pallaksch.pallaksch. (Instance Press), an annual anthology of new poetry, curates the False Starts reading series at The Lab in San Francisco, and is a member of the Right Window artists collective. His collections of photographs include Pipevalve: Berlin (Lodima Press, 2017).

Tantra Bensko is the author of Lucid Membrane (2011) and Collapsible Horizon (2012). She teaches Experimental Fiction and Fiction Writing through UCLA Extension Writers College. In 1989 she was awarded an MFA from the University of Iowa. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Gabriel Toupin lives in Detroit, Michigan where he is currently a full time student at Macomb Community College. He intends to pursue degrees in Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology at Michigan State University. He has no previously published work.

Reid Matko has written this long fictional piece in seven parts. He lives in Minneapolis where is the editorial director of SCHISM 
(schismletternetpress.blogspot.com), a blog site exploring ideas and aspects of contemporary literature. He is a member of the Letternet Press / Open Drawer Publications collective (Letternet Press.com), where his work can be found. He is currently working on a novel entitled A Popular Tale.

The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending
A Surrealist novel by 
David Detrich
This is an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares with a long introductory essay called Surrealist Novel Dream Images: Narrative Line Convergence by David Detrich. The novel is a dialogue on esthetics with the waterfall with red hair, who is visiting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This is a semiotic novel written with variations in type font that is symmetrical in design with color illustrations of Surrealist paintings.
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Introductory Essay by
David Detrich

from The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending

The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending is written in minimal squares of poetic prose exemplifying the theory of the Surrealist novel: linguistic archetypal syntactic figurative drawings of a nude model, a subjective persona of intuitive receptivity, interpreting the novel with the psychological significance of the Surrealist esthetic, as dream images are perceived in the serialism of twelve tone rows with verbal sentence structures composed of nouns verbs star clusters appearing in a gallery of book pages with the subtle luminescence of phosphor in minimal squares of novelistic dialogue. Soluble Fish (1924) by André Breton inspires this work, where the intention to write an innovative novel based on the esthetic philosophy of Surrealism has evolved into the dreamlike structures which compose this book arts composition of typographic happenings, and in the chance selection of plot possibilities, which occur in the selection of the vocabulary words, that is a pre-writing of the novel, a gathering of concepts as words to create a random plot structure based on the esthetic theory of psychic automatism. The poet/artist transforms into the subjective dreamlike colors of a silkscreen print, whose good intentions are the pretext for the theoretical pretense of this fiction/essay, which develops the conceptual themes of the collaborative works of Raymond Federman and Maurice Roche. The Voice in the Closet and Echos (1979), a book with two avant garde texts: one written in unpunctuated prose, and the other with sentence structures that echo in a mirror image of experimental aleatory continuity. In the absence of fortuitous book design the coincidence of style emulated in the prospect of a formal essay on the reader’s expectations in the sphere of literary criticism defines the theory of the novel, as a continuity of characterizations with dialogue and poetic prose written in a larger structural scheme of sensory data verticals and horizontals paintings from the Museum of Modern Art, as the inner voice of narrator is heard from the perspective of thd lover. Love of novelistic design with esthetic appreciation for the abstract characterizations guides the theory of the 21st Century American novel, with the peace of mind necessary to read the large scale poetic composition written with broad perspectiveson the first edition book-as-art-object. Love inspires the columns of prose which ascend to the promontory that looks out on the winter constellations, as the novelist and the waterfall with red hair appear in a series of autobiographical events, which form the minimal plot of the Surrealist novel. Mary Ann Caws has inspired this essay with her book André Breton, written in the true spirit of Surrealism. The 21st Century Surrealist novel is evolving from the early works of Surrealism towards the innovative novel that uses typographic design to express a more sophisticated esthetic, developing the techniques of Dada, with the contemporary novel patterned on the theories of modern art, exemplifying minimalist design in archi(text)ures drawn from concrete poetry, and the Surrealist nude. The mind of the reader is satisfied with the conceptual poetic phrases of Surrealist Novel Dream Images, paintings well hung from the walls with ribbons of silk. The compositional theory of The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending is based on the technique of psychic automatism, which creates a more subjective style of writing based on sup(ra)logical models of linguistic archetypes. The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending is written in a syntactical structure of metaphoric visions describing the planets, which orbit the couch with subjective precision, where the lovers consider the Surrealist paintings from the Museum of Modern Art. Louis Aragon predicts the future of Surrealism in A Wave of Dreams published in 1924, an important moment in the history of Surrealism, when the poetic trend triumphs in the 20th century with an advanced intelligence that guides the movement towards the future awareness of innovative typographic design. Louis Aragon, Alleluia, the true believer wins through all of history, where the wave is the awareness of future evolution. The theme of The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending is found in the subtle nuances of logic inspired by the Upper Peninsula art esthetic: with images of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Big Sur lingering in the persistence of memory. Henry Miller writes from the American modernist perspective with a popular philosophical wisdom in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (1957), and while driving along Highway 1 towards Esalen the abstract time lapse form of the novelist with the red western shirt who implies the intention to express the dream imagery of rock canyons ascending to the absolute surreality of sky blue oceanic perspectives. Hiking past the André Breton graffiti on the Apple Blossom Trail, which becomes a scene in The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, a small scale avant garde novel written across the cloud formations in a problematic artistic environment, as I write this essay/fiction at my desk looking out from the upstairs window on the green leaf patterns of the apple tree with the intense saturated color of a small yellow bird sitting on the top branch, a prophet in metafictional feathers transforming into a kaleidoscopic colorwheel abstraction. American literature has evolved from the international movement of Surrealism into the 21st Century novel, and now with the desire to write an innovative novel the contemporary novelist is thrilled with the prospect of new writers converging on the theoretical space of the page. The poetic novel of Anaïs Nin, Cities of the Interior (1959), is becoming the novel of the future, the continuous novel implying a larger sense of continuity, what we call the pluspresent, meaning a larger sense of the present, with the creative diary in six volumes, The Diary of Anaïs Nin1931-66, that describes the luminary moments of the literary letter press, and a faithful analysis of life experiences. Peace of mind is our theme, our pretext for esthetic theory, therefore the logic of peace enhances the eroticism of surreality. The novel is gradually taking on the deconstruction of the urban environment, while becoming poetic fiction in minimalist squares with the subjectivity of dream images written in a series of snow dusted streets with the subtle illusion of a UFO ascending into the night sky of the winter constellations. The art esthetic of the book-as-innovative-concept imbues the fictional space of the page with the logic of surreality, inspiring the child/author at work on the literary denotations of words: abstract symbols conveying the meaning of intention from the heart of identity. Words and phrases with the narrative logic of continuous reasoning are affirmed in the novels of Ronald Sukenick, Out (1973) and Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues (1979), whose words are stars in the literary sky of snowswept inter(text)uality written with the subjectivity of prosaic expertise, which defines the clarity of the photographic image multiplied to the infinite presence of the book-as-art-object. On top of the world, like a yellow bird on the upper branch with the narrative lines of the novel converging on a future development of the thesis: the innovative novel exemplifies concepts in typographic design, and avant garde book design inspired by the Éditions Surréalistes, envisioned with creative book arts covers. In the equilibrium of the naked eye the colors drawn in moon symbols, the sun as a color spectrum flowing through the semi-transparent pages with the celestial bodies orbiting the figurative persona with the nightclub personality of orange California poppies in a literary auraglow.

from The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending  
A Surrealist Novel by
David Detrich

David Detrich 
David Detrich is the publisher of Innovative Fiction Press. He lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He edits Innovative Fiction Magazine, and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations. 


If you are interested in publishing this novel you can reach David Detrich at [email protected] or call him at (906) 367-2412.