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Issue 102- Prose

A mixture of the short and the slightly longer this time, touching on everything from nearly burning your house down, to the problems of counting sheep. As wonderful as all these pieces are, I must admit to a certain fondness for Mark Howard Jones’ Sleep Sheep, which is delightfully whimsical. Incidentally, anyone looking for poetry should note that it is directly below this section, Dorla having gotten her section together rather more efficiently than I did. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.

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#102 – Poetry

“d a n c e” by Nicolette Westfall and Jeff Crouch

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#101 – Poetry

Connie Stadler
Morning Near Cape May,
         Summer 2009

Charcoal waves
                           devour
blond skin sand.
Thrush and swallow
                  sing to no ear
overwhelmed by the
                  ravenous
                           cackling
              salted
                                   gull.

 

Striated skein sky
aqua, ivory and slate
unravels
                           bulbous cumulus
                                    and more threatening
                                                   formations.

The discordant pulsing
neap tide
forbids
getaway
respite
                  forgetting.

I will stalk these dunes
head bent
prowling for keepsakes
                                    of bleakness.

Uplift my chin, this vista
will mingle
                           as one
                                    with darkness within …

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The Snob Report #2

Greg Oguss
Movie Malaise

Discussion of “What’s Ailing Hollywood?” has always been a dependable method of gobbling up column space in newspapers, magazines and, now, their digital counterparts. In 1964, Pauline Kael asked “Are the Movies Going to Pieces?” in The Atlantic Monthly, claiming that the younger generation’s embrace of crudely made films and the intelligentsia’s fondness for intentionally confusing ones was responsible for Hollywood’s decline. Twelve years earlier, Manny Faber had written “Blame the Audience,” although he held bad reviewers mainly responsible for the declining intelligence of the average movie fan. (more…)

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Presenting: Christopher Savage


Editor’s Note:

I don’t remember how, exactly, I found Christopher Savage and his compatriots, the Boho Cocos. I do know that I was still living in Ohio (although at this point I was preparing to come to Austin), and trying to start writing again after graduate school had sucked out my creativity. While hopping around on poetry blogs, I somehow got referred to Austin New Blog. And I loved everything I read (or heard, or saw) there. I still get excited when I see that there are new poems waiting to be read. (more…)

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Gloom Review: r

r
Peycho Kanev and Felino Soriano, with Robert Wells II and Duane Locke
2009

r is a collaboration between Peycho Kanev and Felino Soriano (with contributions by editor Edward Wells II and photographer Duane Locke). This collection is primarily concerned with art – whether that be commentary about poetry and music, or works of ekphrasis. Kanev and Soriano are brilliantly forceful and descriptive poets, which makes for an intense and engaging book.

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Issue 100- Prose

Now that you’ve had a couple of days to appreciate the wonderful contents of issue 100’s poetry section, it’s time to move on to a set of short stories spanning the brief, the surreal, the deep and the beautiful. Most of them are quite brief, but they fit a lot into quite a small space.- Stuart

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