SAMUEL SWAYNE, 23-YEARS-OLD, GRADUATED IN 2011 WITH A B.A. IN CREATIVE WRITING FROM ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY. LIVES IN DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
MY POEMS INTEND TO EXPLORE AN UNDEFINED, UNCONVENTIONAL STYLE OF POETRY THAT IS CONFESSIONAL IN A SENSE, BUT THE CONTENT OF THE POEMS INTEND TO POSSESS A DISTINCT DICHOTOMY OF BOTH FICTIONAL AND NONFICTIONAL ELEMENTS THAT REFLECT MY OWN LIFE EXPERIENCES. MY VISION OF THESE EXPERIENCES ARE DISTORTED, STRANGE, DISCONNECTED, AND SINGULAR. THEMatically, I INTEND TO EXPLORE a realm created by STRIPPING DOWN a raw, frightening EXISTENCE OF AN AMORAL SLIPSTREAM that consists OF APATHY, PASSIVITY, SUPERFICIAL SPRAWL, MADNESS, AND LOST CONNECTIONS IN BIG CITIES WITH BIG LIGHTS – WHEREIN A MICROCOSM OF CASUAL SEX AND DISPASSION THRIVE IN SMALL CAPTURED MOMENTS THAT MERELY GLINT IN CONTEXT, AS THEY DO NOT SHINE AS FULLY-DEVELOPED MEMORIES. I LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH THE IDEA OF DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PERCEPTIONS BY WRITING DIRECTLY FROM YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS IN AN ORGANIC MATTER — AND NEVER TO DERIVE ANYTHING that solely relies on my direct PERCEPTION OF THE REALITY I SEEM TO EXIST, OR CO-EXIST, WITH. manipulation of reality results in surreal storytelling that expands beyond my own vision and becomes lost in translation during my creative process.
Slipstream strides to convey the sense of feeling strange. Slipstream falls between speculative fiction and mainstream fiction. While some slipstream novels employ elements of science fiction or fantasy, not all do. The common unifying factor of these pieces of literature is some degree of the surreal, the not-entirely-real, or the markedly anti-real.