"James Harms offers a contemplative effort in a lean essay that turns the prose poem discussion in a noteworthy direction..."
"Setting aside, for now, its ideological nomenclature, its appeal lies in the interpretative dynamic between text and image..."
"We started KO because we wanted to try something that was different than we'd seen in other literary magazines, both in terms of thematic slant and in terms of mission..."
"He said that if he were asked to be poetry editor of a magazine, he would aim for unity. I told him that was more or less the exact opposite of what I wanted to do..."
"I imagine party-goers huddled around a fire pit as they share stories about stalking a would-be lover..."
"Contemporary flash fiction has been slugged, whipped, and slapped: dragged through the literary mud, pegged as incidental..."
"Kayla Soyer-Stein recreates the wonderful magic and sense of the uncanny that fairy tales offer..."
"Recently I won a best humorous poem competition, and it appears I have a knack for healthy self-ridicule..."
"I think about that a lot—about the balance of light and dark and about allowing my characters to have an open destiny. I think that’s one of the most important aspects of story writing..."
"It calls itself the 'farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts,' which sounded a bit suspicious to me, so I did a little poking around to verify the assertion..."
"The history of Poetry is a history of resistance in all directions..."
"The 1990s was a wild, wonderful, idealistic decade in Prague. Excellent exchange rates and the possibility of a relatively uninhibited way of life lured expatriates in droves to the Czech capital. In short, it was the perfect time for the founding of a literary journal..."
"One author climbs to the top of a tree trunk support beam that’s part of the architecture of the writing space. Another is balancing a couch cushion on his head and explaining wog: a dog who uses a dog-sized wheel chair to get his back end around San Francisco..."
"While literary niches often result in suffocation, eighty pages of plaid, The LBJ’s aviary focus proves malleable enough..."
“'In consideration of what looks like a total collapse of our economic system,' he said, 'I thought the bookfair went very well...'"
"There are two wooden figures on my husband’s desk. Figurines. They are meant to resemble humans, black humans. African-Americans..."
April 14, 2009
By Marcelle Heath
One of the few of its kind on the web, Born Magazine describes itself as "an experimental venue marrying literary arts and interactive media" where writers and media artists collaborate on projects. Setting aside, for now, its ideological nomenclature, its appeal lies in the interpretative dynamic between text and image.
The first project, "Inferno (Minor)," written by Gareth Lee, designed by Naz Hamid with Flash by Josh Kneedler, featured a white, naked woman. To read the text—about a man's thwarted attempts to "woo" a girl—you click on various parts of her body. (I must say I was an unwilling participant in this media venture.) In "House Fire," written by Allison Seay and designed by Felipe Hefler, a girl resembling a cheerful Lucy from Peanuts in both ensemble and pearls witnesses the aftermath of the fire she set to her house. She "remembered too late/the kerosene lamp, the girl who thinks the birds know the truth/it was you, it was you, they caw." And she is to be punished. Snakes appear, "their fangs charred open" and the text as ash disintegrates onscreen. "Dhaka Dust," written by Dilruba Ahmed and designed by Matt Pierce, utilizes the second person point of view and a grid of rickshaws to implicate us, as readers, as accessories to globalization:
Under your orna,
a laminated map and digital camera
cradled in your lap. One strand of silver
wiry by your ear. Bits of children’s songs
snag in your windpipe. Other words surface:
sweatshop and abject poverty, and you let them.
The last project, "Song of the Settled," written by Stephan Delbos, designed by Camille del Rosario with Flash by June Baldovino, takes a domestic view of economic crisis. The poem itself is oblique—there's a failing town on the sea, with mysterious characters planting ghost orchids and hiding in rusty sheds—but the images are stylized, whimsical replications of children's drawings. Both "Dhaka Dust" and "Song of the Settled" complicate my response to "Inferno (Minor) and "House Fire." I'm left with some unanswered questions, which, overall, is a good thing where poetry is concerned.
[The above pictures is Daniel Mrgan's cover art for Born Magazine Issue One, 2009]
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Bellevue Literary Review Poetry & Prose Reading, May 3, 5pm
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