from LCRW no.
#36: An exciting mail day when this came: the first poem is a
translation (by Donny Smith) of a poem, "The Bones of the Dead,"
by Gabriela Mistral. Backstory: Small Beer is publishing a novel
-- translated by Ursula K. Le Guin -- by Argentinean writer Angélica
Gorodischer. Le Guin's other translation this year is a book of poems
by Gabriela Mistral! So I was well ready to enjoy this zine (which
is usually a queer poetry zine). Also includes translations of poems
by Ruben Dario, Carlos Pellicer, Marta Leonor Gonzalez, and an article
by Cali Ruchala on Haiti.
Also: Dwan, #33: Poems in Spanish and English by Donny Smith
and Argentinean writer Fabian O. Irirarte.
#36, $0.50, 5.5x8.5, 14pp; #33, $4, 5.5x8.5, 42pp, Donny Smith, PO
Box 411, Swarthmore, PA 19081
"Deathfugue" is a Paul Celan poem translated by John Felstiner
with found art collaged and copied in b&w. The poem is brilliant.
The presentation and art -- ranging from cartoons to photos to business
reply mail -- emphasize the shattering strength of the poem. (Jacqui
also makes good t-shirts.)
$1+stamps, 4.5x5.5, 20pp.
Message from the Homeland,
#9: Bicyling is a revolution, travel is broadening, the "president"
is lying about Iraq, falling in love (or infatuation) is a dangerous
occupation, tons of record reviews and smart review of La Cazuela
here in Northampton (great fresh chips and guacamole -- also good
for margaritas). Love to pick up the freebies in record shops (hi
B-Side) and find them worth keeping.
Free, 8.5x11, 44pp, David Lucander, PO Box 1725, Westfield, MA, 01086
An Inside Job: Dream Comics
by Hob, #1: Nice little package -- that's meant as a compliment. Lovely
cover gets the reader in the right mood for the eight dream comix
inside. Four one-page one-liner tales are drawn in a soft pencil-shaded
style while the other four stories are in simple and clear pen-and-ink.
The dreams have a wry and sadly familiar mixture of embarrassment
(nudity! fights! loneliness!) and logic.
$2, 3.25x6, 28pp, Graphesthesia,
PO Box 420596, San Francisco, CA 94142-0596
The Whizzbanger GT Zine Distributors,
#6: 22 pages of good listings of distros, libraries, archives, zine
stores, reviewers, and reviews followed by 12 pages of ads. The abrupt
split between ads and information is more formal than in most zines.
Solid resource, frequently updated.
Nov. 2002, 8.5x11, $4, 22, 12pp. PO Box 5591, Portland, OR 97228
Also: Aftermath, $4, 8.5x11, 26pp. On the event (and reactions
to same) of Sept. 11th, 2001.
Also: Flashpoint, #3, $3, 8.5x11, 38pp. "Documenting the
fact AIDs does not exist." As it says on the back, "Desperate
times call for desperate zines."
Recommended (as usual): The
Urban Pantheist, A Reader's GT the Underground Press, Xerography Debt,
Leeking Ink, and many more.
Sorry, Dear Readers. We wanted
to run more reviews and nonfiction. In fact, we wanted a whole lot
more in here. But we didn't because there are mailing-weight issues.
And nice-margin issues. What's the use of having great fiction if
it's in six-point type? Maybe we'll spring another
ish on the world sooner than November.
We'd like LCRW to be perfectbound,
with a beautiful four-color 10pt CIS laminated cover with interiors
of cream or natural-colored recycled paper. So this being the case,
why not? Three easy reasons: high print costs, changing our distribution
patterns, and therefore raising the cover price. So, for now, we're
sticking to the shoddy look and will continue to publish top of the
line fiction &c.
You can't tell a zine by its cover?
Art Credits: front cover adapted
from "Tomi After Bath" by Hashiguchi Goyo. Back cover adapted
from Crocodile Woodcut from the Hortus Sanitatis, 1536.
Printed with grace and style by
eXpress.Media Corp, 1419 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37217.