Queer Surrealism

Just out from Rebel Satori Press…

Dreams, desire, darkened streets and the sudden miracles that appear there, the deep places of the mind. Two groups made these the heart of a radical project of liberation: queers and surrealism.

Better than many others, queers understand the power of these dark areas. The rich, complicated culture we’ve created for ourselves is constantly ready to allow us to follow our dreams and fantasies, carried by the surging waves of sexuality into some pretty and magical places. It’s just as clear that the surrealists were chasing similar adventures as far back as the ‘Twenties and ‘Thirties. Given the similarity of their motivations, why have the two so often been in violent opposition to each other?

Madder Love is an anthology of cutting-edge writing that wants to look at that a little closer. It opens up the surreal possibilities of queer literature while simultaneously displacing the historic homophobia of Surrealism.

From dream states to erotic obsessions, from the muttering of the unconscious to parallel worlds (and the weirder cracks in this one) Madder Love tackles why surrealism can be so queer, and why being queer can be so surreal.

Contributions from Will Aitken, Stephen Beachy, Jeffery Beam, Stephen Boyer, Tom Cardamone, Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé, Craig L. Gidney, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Trebor Healey, Kevin Killian, Shaun Levin and Rob Stephenson help make the case.

Peter Dubé is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002) and At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short fiction (DC Books, 2007). In addition to writing fiction, he is a widely published cultural critic with essays on books and the visual arts appearing in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE and Spirale, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Mercer Union and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University. Peter lives and works in Montreal.

Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism

Peter Dubé, Editor
ISBN 978-0-9790838-2-2, May 2008
Paperback, $14.95, 146 pages, 5.5 x 8.25.


Saints & Sinners Lit Fest

The Saints and Sinners/New Orleans Literary Festival is just a month away… May 8-11.

I will be among the presenters again this year. My panel:

Outside the major publishers in New York, the university presses and the small presses are doing an excellent job of publishing LGBT work, picking up the slack that the bigger presses are dropping. What are the differences between publishing with a smaller publisher? What criterion do they use for selecting what to publish? Is this a better option than the mainstream for a LGBT writer? Join a distinguished panel of editors to see what they are looking for, what their missions are, and if this is the right venue for your work!

Other confirmed speakers include: Dorothy Allison, Mark Doty, Jewelle Gomez, Jim Grimsley, Aaron Hamburger, Stephen McCauley, Val McDermid, Tim Miller, Michelle Tea, and Elizabeth Whitney.

If you were ever looking for an excuse to visit New Orleans, this would be it!

For more information visit: www.sasfest.org

New Release from Rebel Satori Press: My Hero, Tristram Burden

My Hero: A Wild Boys Tale

A Novel by Tristram Burden

ISBN 978-0-9790838-1-5, March 2008
Paperback, $16.95, 269 pages, 6 x 9.

“My Hero is a Jungian tale that combines mythology, science fiction, and eroticism to create a brilliant hybrid unlike anything I’ve read before. Original, exciting, and transcendent. A bloody great read! Very unique.”
—Douglas Ferguson author of The Forgotten Ones

“A brilliant fusion of William Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft set in the post-apocalyptic wilderness of Mad Max…”
—Ashé Journal

2006 Finalist Project: QueerLit

Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Tristram Burden’s novel tells the story of 17 year old Joshua My Hero. The youth lives out a humdrum existence, struggling to find truth and sense in a Christian-fundamentalist trailer park. But his psychic powers and sexual tastes leave him an outsider of his community, and forced to commit patricide in a final and desperate struggle for self-defence against his father’s rage, Joshua escapes into a wasted planet, armed only with an oracular penis, the patronage of an ancient earth spirit sent to rid the planet of all of its ills, and the wisdom of the Tao Teh Ching…

Tristram Burden’s short stories, poetry and articles on contemporary occultism and self-transformation have appeared internationally in a variety of journals and anthologies. This is his debut novel, a finalist in the 2006 Project: Queerlit contest. He currently resides in Bath, England where he’s recording his first album and writing a TV series in-between working on his second novel.

Buy Direct: www.rebelsatori.com

multiple-author San Francisco event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–To launch the release of the amazing new novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat by author Stephen Beachy and the collection The Starry Dynamo by author Sven Davisson, Three Roads Press/Suspect Thoughts Press and Rebel Satori Press are proud to announce the following multiple-author San Francisco event August 31, 2007.

Friday, August 31, 8:00
Stephen Beachy (Some Phantom/No Time Flat)
with Sven Davisson (The Starry Dynamo)
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Phone: 415-282-1901

Some Phantom/No Time Flat
by Stephen Beachy
Fiction, 5×8, 240 pages, $16.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9771582-7-0
Three Roads Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press

“Henry Miller said that the moment you have an original thought, you cease to be an American. Some Phantom and No Time Flat are great unAmerican novellas.” -Thorn Kief Hillsbery

In Some Phantom an unnamed woman arrives in a strange city, fleeing a violent relationship in her past. Taking a job with disturbed children, her own mental stability becomes more and more precarious. A marriage of The Turn of the Screw and Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Some Phantom poses questions about the line between madness and memory, fantasy and abuse, questions elaborated on in No Time Flat. No Time Flat follows Wade, a young boy who grows up on the American plains in an isolated existence with his elderly parents, as he makes his way through a childhood of playground shootings and mysterious strangers. Becoming a wanderer himself, Wade inhabits a sparse American landscape of fleeting connections, missing children, and possible crimes.

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His fiction has appeared in Best Gay American Fiction, BOMB, The Chicago Review, Blithe House Quarterly and elsewhere, and his nonfiction and critical essays have appeared in such places as New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Raised by Mennonites “somewhere in the Midwest,” he now lives in California, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco.

The Starry Dynamo
by Sven Davisson
Spirituality/Queer Theory, 6×9, 264 pages, $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790838-0-8
Rebel Satori Press

“The bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Alistair Crowley-or was he spawned of an orgy involving Rashneesh, Pan, Ginsberg, Foucault and a dozen or so of Burroughs North African wildboys?-Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought.” -Trebor Healey

Spanning over fifteen years of work, The Starry Dynamo presents an eclectic evolution of material running the gamut from the erotic to the divine and the erotically divine to the divinely erotic. The work moves from charged and, at times, provocative fiction and prose-poetry to scholarly and thought-provoking essays on spirituality and philosophy.

Sven Davisson is the founding editor of Ashé! Journal of Experimental Spirituality. A rebel-publishing pioneer, Davisson edited the small, yet groundbreaking, zine mektoub from 1989-1995. During that time, he also received a degree in Queer Theory from Hampshire College and studied photography with Jerome Leibling (of the New York Photo League). In addition to Ashé, his work has appeared in Abrasax: Journal of Magick & Decadence, sneerzine, The New Aeon, mektoub, Lambda Book Report and Velvet Mafia as well as the collection I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage.

“With its wide-open definition of the word queer and fearless publishing choices that ricochet from risky to risqué, San Francisco’s Suspect Thoughts Press has made the book world a more interesting place to inhabit. Suspect Thoughts has swiftly become the hot press for connoisseurs of transgressive, intelligent literature.” -SF Bay Guardian

The Starry Dynamo

My new collection The Starry Dynamo: The Machinery of Night Remixed has been released by Rebel Satori Press. The collection includes writing selected from over 15 years of work—fiction, poetry, critical essays and the occasional rant.

Early Praise for The Starry Dynamo
“Davisson is not only an omnivorous reader and spiritual scholar, but he boldly merges the essence of Eastern wisdom with the Western occult tradition, synthesizing the two with extraordinary originality and grace, and providing us all with a glorious body of work all too rare in this decadent and material age. His vision is fresh as newborn myth, as poetry, as well-rendered prose, or the most passionate sex.” —Trebor Healey author of Sweet Son of Pan

Available through your local independent bookseller or through Amazon.

Click here for more details and ordering information

Ashé Journal #4.2

4.2 CoverThe editors of Ashé Journal are pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2005 issue (4.2), www.ashejournal.com

The issue includes selections from the five finalist for the 2005 Ashé Journal Book Awards:
Novice to Master, Soko Morinaga
The Shamanic Way of the Bee, Simon Buxton
Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions, Randy P. Conner & David Hatfield Sparks
The Center of the Sunlit Sky, Karl Brunnholzl
Jesus & the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love, Will Roscoe

Also included in this issue are The Magick of Saints by Adekun, Stories of Hindu Devilry by Mogg Morgan, The Artist and the Tidal Wave by John Goldhammer, poetry by horehound stillpoint and Patrick Frank, as well as reviews of Tritiya-Prakriti, Clay’s Way, The Pseudonomicon, and others.

Lammy Award Winner!

I Do/ I Don’t took the Lammy for best “non-fiction anthology” at the 17th annual Lambda Literary Foundation Awards gala in New York City. The collection from the cutest duo in gay publishing, Ian Phillips and Greg Wharton of Suspect Thoughts Press, getting dah kudos…

Rumor has it that there’s a second volume in the “Queers On…” series in the offing. 😉

Ashé Journal #4.1

Ashé Journal is pleased to announce the release of Issue 4.1
“Occulture in the Fin De Siecle”


This special edition of Ashé Journal focuses on Occulture and the Fin de Siecle (the end of the 19th century France) and includes original articles by Alamantra, Adrian Eckersley, Eric Lerner, Sven Davisson, Mogg Morgan, Jonathan Sellers.

In addition, the issue includes original source documents from Josephin Péladan, Arthur Machen, Jules Doinel, Erik Satie and J.K. Huysmans.

The issue also contains a special tribute to Cabell McLean (1952-2004).

The Courier-Gazette

A great review appeared in The Courier-Gazette (Rockland) on November 11, written by Marilis Hornidge:

I once lamented the fact that Ruth Moore’s short fiction had been lost-and-forgotten. No longer, and this wonderful book is treasure beyond treasure, as far as a lot of us Moore-ites are concerned. From the introduction (READ IT, Don’t argue: read it) straight through to Mayo’s even-longer-forgotten gems, it’s a delight. This is the way short stories about a place oughta be wrote, guys… never mind the minimalist eye-to-the-keyhole stuff, this is the real thing. It is very fashionable to sneer at ‘old-fashioned-magazine-ficiton’ these days. Ruth Moore didn’t give much of a rolling d..arn about fashion–she was her own person with her own voice in her own place. And one helluva storyteller to boot. If there’s a Maine Publishers’ GoldStar Award For Fiction, Blackberry deserves it.

Bangor Daily News Review

The Bangor Daily News reviewed Foley Craddock on Oct 25 in a well-written joint review with the reissue of Fire Balloon

Clickie clickie for complete review

Back in 1986, Blackberry Books began a campaign to bring Ruth Moore’s novels back into print. The Gotts Island-born novelist and poet, then in her early 80s, was considered one of the country’s finest writers, yet most of her books could be found only in secondhand bookstores or libraries. Blackberry has now reprinted six novels, as well as a book of poems, Moore’s letters and a collection of short stories.

Moore wrote short stories early in her career, but as she stated in a letter to Sandy Phippen in 1985, “I got tired of rejection slips early on and chucked everything into an old chest where they came in handy for material in novels, now and again.” Indeed, two stories – the title one and “Pennies in the Water” – found in “When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb” served as the basis for scenes in “The Fire Balloon.”

The social interactions of “natives” and summer folk are the foundation for several stories in the collection, including the memorable “The Ladies from Philadelphia” (which first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar in 1945) and “The Lonely of Heart.” Akin to some of the short fiction of Ted Holmes, “The Soldier Shows His Medal” (originally published in The New Yorker in 1945) is a study in Yankee modesty. A son of Maine returning to his village hides his medal for fear of the islanders’ rebuke: “Guess he thinks he’s something, going round trimmed up like a Christmas tree.”

Ruth Moore met Eleanor Mayo in 1940. They eventually bought land in the Mount Desert town of Tremont, on the road to the Bass Harbor Light, built a house and lived together till Mayo died in 1981. The latter’s literary career echoed her companion’s: she published a number of novels, several of which drew critical favor, then later went out of print.

Mayo doesn’t enjoy the reputation Moore does, yet her contributions to Maine literature merit a reappraisal. In what one hopes is a first step in this direction, six of her short works are printed here. The best of the batch, “Summertime,” is a sympathetic portrait of a young girl who is punished for her imagination until the day the truth of one of her fears comes to light. The short stories of J.D. Salinger came to mind while reading it.

A nonfiction piece, “The Owner of the Apples,” features the kind of commentary on modern life found in the essays of the late John Gould. Complaining about modern machinery, including the chain saw, Mayo writes, “there’s a lot of thinking that doesn’t get done now because the man who could think through the world’s simpler problems while his buck saw quietly snored its gradual way down through the good solid meat of a maple cordwood stick, no longer dares to.”

Kudos to Blackberry Books for the revival it continues to fuel.

Maine Sunday Telegram Review

Maine Sunday Telegram included a review of Foley Craddock on Oct 3…

A positive review on the whole, but Ms. Merker does begin by calling the choice of title “unfortunate” in the opening sentance. Lesson One: if you’re going to write a positive review, do not open with a criticism. So we’ll skip that bit and since it was relatively long we’ll just hit the highlights:

Readers are the beneficiaries of the ardent editorial hours of Sven Davisson, a nephew of Ruth Moore and the literary executive [sic] of the estate of both women, and Gary Lawless and his Blackberry Press.

Ruth Moore’s knack of capturing Maine coastcal life and linguistics is as relevant today as it was in the early 20th century when she began writing and publishing her stories, poetry and novels. The New York Times wrote, “It is doubtful that any American writer has done a better job of communicating a people, their talk, their thoughts, their geography, and their way of life.” [snip]

Moore’s stories, as you read them, feel like you are sitting around a kitchen table, close to a wood stove, just having conversation, so true is her ear catching, conveying ordinary talk with all its saltiness.

Eleanor Mayo’s stories are quite different–no dialect here, but a sure sense of a woman’s voice, fiction that includes social commentary with a keen sense of transition. [snip]

Davisson notes in his introduction that “both writers had the gift of capturing the universal in the local.” He quotes a New York Times review of one of Moore’s novels: “To deal in human universals, making the individual everybody yes keeping him a sacred self, is a gift most writers lack.” (John Gould, April 1951) [snip]

Such are the writings of Moore and Mayo that their work defies being boxed in by the decades in which they wrote. There is the charm of their humor, the nostalgia of another era, but always the steadying factor of Maine people who do not seem to change….

Keeping Faith

The new issue (13.01-13.02) of Lambda Book Report includes my review of Fenton Johnson’s Keeping Faith: A Sceptic’s Journey–about one gay Catholic’s journey to find a place within his faith.

Samuel R. Delaney is on the cover and there’s a good interview inside… which is more of a reason to check the issue out.

I Do/I Don’t (More Info)

I Do CoverSuspect Thoughts has put up the info page on the new collection I Do/I Don’t:

Suspect Thoughts Press

Suspect Thoughts editor and self-described “mama bear” writes of his recent marriage to STP publisher Greg Wharton:

On February 19, 2004, he married heartthrob author-publisher Greg Wharton in San Francisco�s City Hall. On August 12, 2004, the California State Supreme Court annulled their marriage. He is uncertain whether this annulment, like Henry VIII�s in days of old, means he is also a virgin once more. He�s having a hard time distinguishing, let alone separating, church from state these days.

I know 3rd is leather and fifth is wood (both wildly entertaining shopping prospects)… but what is the traditional gift for an Judicial annulment?

Suspect Thoughts Press

First Foley Craddock Review

Received my first review for the Moore/Mayo collection today:

And, finally, the perfect way to end a not-so-perfect summer on the Maine coast is a good dose of stories from the master Ruth Moore, and her companion Eleanor Mayo.

Edited and eloquently introduced by Ms. Moore’s grand-nephew Sven Davisson, this collection of stories such as the title tale, “When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb,” or “How Come You’re Picking My Violets?” or “Aids to the Unwary” are variously funny, poignant or outrageous, but always have such a ring of truth to them they seem to be the perfect verbal illustration for the kind of people and vanishing way of life Colin Woodard talks about in “The Lobster Coast.” [another book reviewed in the article]

Nan Lincoln, Arts Editor, Bar Harbor Times, Sept. 2, 2004

A reviewer from Maine Sunday Telegram interviewed me night before last. The article should appear mid-September. I have an radio interview on WERU slotted for sometime in September as well.

So finally a little press for the book…

I Do/I Don’t

I have a piece in the upcoming anthology from Suspect Thoughts Press (San Francisco) I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage, edited by Greg Wharton and Ian Phillips. The piece is called “You Can Keep Your Rights, I Already Gots Mine!” The collection is scheduled for a September release. More details will follow…

Authors included:
Dorothy Allison, Shane Allison, Charlie Anders, Antler, M.J. Arcangelini, Josh Aterovis and Jon Andrews, Cheryl B., Bruce Bawer, Kevin Bentley, S. Bear Bergman, Steve Berman, Chane Binderup, Jay Blotcher, Keith O. Boykin, Christopher Bram, Tala Brandeis, Michael Bronski, Victoria A. Brownworth, Cynthia Burack and Laree Martin, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Patrick Califia, Anne Campbell, Dale Carpenter, Margaret Cho, David Christensen, Cheryl Clarke, Matthew A. Coles, Sherilyn Connelly, Dana Cory, Wayne Courtois, Dani Couture, Jameson Currier, David Cutler and Mark Ewert, Sven Davisson, Robbie Daw, Christian de la Huerta, Maggie Dolan, Neal Drinnan, Lisa Duggan, Dean Durber, Amie M. Evans, Douglas Ferguson, Steven Finch, Gay Shame San Francisco, Jim Gladstone, Thomas Glave, Robert Gl�ck, Daphne Gottlieb, Steve Greenberg, Aaron Hamburger, Brent Hartinger, Kristie Helms, Kris Hill and Karen Stogdill, Thea Hillman, Walter Holland, Michael Huxley, Debra Hyde, Francisco Ib��ez-Carrasco, Rik Isensee, Aaron Jason, Matt Kailey, Davina Kotulski, Gil Kudrin, Greg M. Lanza, Daniel W.K. Lee, Sharon “Vinnie” Levin, Ali Liebegott and Anna Joy Springer, Michael T. Luongo, Jason Mahanes, Jeff Mann, Meredith Maran, Janet Mason, David McConnell, Mike McGinty, Skian McGuire, Mara McWilliams, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Sean Meriwether, Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot, Tim Miller, John Mitzel, Marshall Moore, Eileen Myles, Lesl�a Newman, Geoff Parkes, Christopher Penczak, Elissa G. Perry, Felice Picano, Jeff Poniewaz, Jim Provenzano, Andy Quan, Carol Queen, Jonathan Rauch, Alan Reade, Shar Rednour, Rick R. Reed and Nicholas Reed, Alexander Renault, Eric Rofes, David Rosen, Rob Rosen, Roxxie Rosen, Richard J. Rosendall, Michael Rowe, Lawrence Schimel, Sarah Schulman, D. Travers Scott, Will Shank, Simon Sheppard, Bob Smith, Horehound Stillpoint, Meg Stone, Jackie Strano, Ron Suresha, Steve Swayne, Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, zak szymanski, Cecilia Tan, Tristan Taormino, Robert Taylor, Richard Tayson, Dylan Vade, Jim Van Buskirk, Jennifer Vanasco, Carmen Vazquez, Kai Venice, Norah Vincent, Jeff Walsh, Patricia Nell Warren, Tom Wilson Weinberg, Judy Wieder, Robert Williams, Evan Wolfson, and Andrew Wolter.

Suspect thoughts voted Best of the Bay 2004…
Best Brand-New, Badass, Superqueer Press
With its wide-open definition of the word queer and fearless publishing choices that ricochet from risky to risqu�, San Francisco’s Suspect Thoughts Press has made the book world a more interesting place to inhabit. First slammed onto the map by Pulling Taffy, Matt Bernstein Sycamore’s experimental memoir, Suspect Thoughts has swiftly become the hot press for connoisseurs of transgressive, intelligent literature. In the coming months we can look forward to works like Bullets and Butterflies, queer spoken word poetry edited by New York City glam-slammer Emanuel Xavier; The Beautifully Worthless, Ali Liebegott’s long-awaited epic road poem; and I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage, an anthology put together by publisher Greg Wharton and editor Ian Philips. And as if serving a readership of misfit queers weren’t enough, Wharton and Philips � stellar writers themselves � have rounded up a gang of authors with good taste in storytelling to judge Suspect Thoughts’ queer-novel search, which gives unpublished scribes a shot at a first book with the upstart press. –San Francisco Bay Gaurdian

Velvet Mafia #12

The latest issue of Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction includes a short piece of mine called “Et In Arcadia Ego”

Velvet Mafia questions morality and asks you to Love the Sin, Fuck the Sinner… get down in the dirt with some of the hottest literary deviants on the web. Feed your fist and your mind with hard-hitting fiction, erotica and poetry in Velvet Mafia’s hottest summer issue. Get it online now in Issue 12.

Velvet Mafia

Moore Mayo Collection Released

When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb: The Collected Stories of Ruth Moore and Eleanor Mayo has been released by Blackberry Books.
The book has been a fifteen year project which came to fruition in gruiling, focused months. The book is currently in Maine bookstores, but should be available from Amazon.com soon enough.

Ruth Moore was a best-selling Maine novelist from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Her novel Spoonhandle spent the summer of 1947 on the New York Times bestseller list. It was purchased by 20th Century Fox and became the Oscar nominated film Deep Waters (Henry King, 1948). During her career Moore wrote 14 novels and 3 collections of poetry/ballads.

Eleanor Mayo was also a notable Maine novelist popular in the 1940’s. She published five books beginning with Turn Home in 1945, which in 1950 was made into the (now obscure) film noir Tarnished (Harry Keller, 1950).

Ruth was introduced to Eleanor in the early 40’s by Ruth’s sister Esther (my grandmother). Ruth took the younger Eleanor back to California, where Ruth was managing a fruit ranch for the novelist Alice Tisdale Hobart. They returned to Maine in 1947 and remained together until Eleanor’s death in 1981.

Ruth was my great aunt. I spent a great deal of time in my childhood visiting her–discussing books, writing, etc. Trading her Archy and Mehitabel for my Allen Ginsberg.

Much of the work in this collection was literally discovered (by me) in an old sea captains chest filed away with some galley-proofs, 19th century navigation books and college memorabilia. Inside the chest a small pile of papers proved to be a packet of finished manuscripts (complete with cover sheet and submission notes). A few pieces have been published previously (The New Yorker, Saturday Review, Harper’s Bazaar), but most are published her for the first time.

I’ll publish more information, reviews, etc. soon…

Ashé Selections

Mandrake of Oxford has released the first collection of selections from Ash� Journal.
This collection brings together some of the best pieces from Ash� Journal’s first year. This eclectic collection provides glimpses of spiritual experiences from across the spectrum of human diversity–Afro-Cuban Santeria, Buddhism, Hinduism, Osho Neo-sannyas, William S. Burroughs, among others.

Authors Included:
Baba Raul Canizares, Trebor Healey, Gail Gutradt, Sven Davisson, Ma Dharmacharya, Autumn Sun Pardee, Ma Prem Jeevan, Cabell MacLean, Phil Hine, Mogg Morgan, Eric K. Lerner, F.R. Davisson, Ruth Moore.

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