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VERBAL ABUSE, THE LITERARY MAGAZINE

"DISPATCHES FROM THE NIGHTCLUB LITERATI"

VERBAL ABUSE is a literary quarterly for the culturally jaded, published in print from 1993-1995, and returning in 2007. Begun in 1993 at New York's JACKIE 60 nightclub and its monthly reading series, the magazine presents arts & letters of a distinctly different stripe, embracing sexual themes and other material often unpublishable elsewhere.
Jackie 60's VERBAL ABUSE reading series was started in 1990 by club producer and poet CHI CHI VALENTI as a late-night alternative to New York's insular poetry scene. The first issue of Verbal Abuse magazine was a veritable greatest hits of the reading series and an instant collector's item - only 1,000 were printed. A tiny, dedicated editorial collective, including DJ-turned-graphic designer JOHNNY DYNELL (Art Director), author TERENCE SELLERS (Submissions Editor), and photographer MICHAEL JAMES O'BRIEN (Editor at Large) assembled each themed issue with Valenti. The magazine blossomed, but became too expensive to print after issue 4.
Happily, that has changed with the advent of print-on-demand, which means a new fifth issue coming in 2007 after a twelve-year hiatus. Our community of writers have stayed connected through online haunts like THE MOTHERBOARDS and its WORDS & WRITERS forum, and the new economics of publishing will allow us to concentrate on the magazine itself, rather than fund-raising. Till then, a sampling from the first three issues with purchasing information where available, with more news coming as it unfolds. We hope you enjoy these "dispatches from the nightclub literati," and will be back soon for more Verbal Abuse!
 

ISSUE #1
SUMMER 1993

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FIRST ISSUE

Terence Sellers "A Few Acid Writings"
David Aaron Clark "Piss Take"
Bobby Miller "My Life As I Remember It"
Bob Limp(Bob Auclair) "Limp (2 Excerpts)"
Chi Chi Valenti "Take Back The Night"
Haoui Montaug "The Doorman Poem"
Max Blagg "From Here to Maternity"
Richard Hell and Cookie Mueller "Life Among The Alert Of Europe"

Issue out of print, extremely rare

ISSUE #2
WINTER 1993

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THE PUNK ISSUE: KNOW THE FUTURE

Emily XYZ "Michigan Boys"
Alan Vega "Hey You"
Diamanda Galas "Critical Knowledge"
Paul Skiff "Auction"
Paul Skiff "Cops"
Brian Butterick "Houdini"
Genesis P. Orridge "On The Way To The Garden"
Chi Chi Valenti "The Cyberslut is Tireless"

Issue out of print, very rare, available from these Verbal Abuse #2 Sellers on Amazon.com

ISSUE #3
SUMMER 1994

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NEW RELIGIONS

Mistress Angel Stern "A Corset Moment With Pearl"
Michael James O'Brien "Blueprint"
Matthew Benedict "Valsalva Effect"
Asbestos Pestle "My Hoop Is Thine"
Marcel Princess Christian "Excerpts From The Idle Sheets"
James Brian "Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Weber"
Chi Chi Valenti "The Ripper Poem"
Emily XYZ "Voice of God"
Issue out of print, copies available from these Verbal Abuse #3 Sellers on Amazon.com

ISSUE #4
SUMMER 1995

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SEX & MACARONI

Foodsex, food fetishes, etiquette and fattening prose from Charles Gatewood, Bruce Benderson, Diamanda Galas, Ned Sonntag,John Giorno, Mistress Angel Stern, Michael O'Donoghue, Leslie Sternbergh, Annie Sprinkle, Master Chef Marco, Terence Sellers, Kenny Scharf, Patty Powers, Fat Mike & more.
Issue out of print, rare at present but more should be available in early Spring 2007, or check Ebay.