Monday, 15 January 2018

I READ ZINES [#16]


 A CATALOGUE OF FAILURE

I don't normally like to review zines that I appear in (I have a poem in this one), but this particular little zine is worthy of special praise. A delightful collection of literary material on the theme of failure, put together by author Alice Furse (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Burning Eye Books, 2014). In her own words, from the introduction, "There is no Hallmark card that reads 'Sorry you didn't make the grade this time mate', there is no FAIL button on Instagram, there are no speeches for relationships that didn't work out". This collection is designed for the reader to take those feelings of failure, of messing up and being messed up, and help them work out how to unpackage those feelings and use them in a positive way. It is an inspiring read, I especially enjoyed strong pieces by Harry Gallon and Laura Winnick, but the closing lines by Louise Cox are perhaps most poignant, "If we didn't fail we wouldn't have cause to celebrate the successes, and the success can simply be not being crushed by our failure". Get a copy right here.

IF THE DIVINE IS IN YOU,
THEN THE DIVINE IS IN ALL OF US
BY SALLY JENKINSON

This poetry zine by Sally Jenkinson is a real beauty! I saw Sally perform a headline set at a poetry slam last year and fell in love with her poetry there and then. I was lucky enough that she agreed to trade a copy of PAPER AND INK for a copy of her book Boys (Burning Eye Books, 2016) and I was delighted when I saw that she was making her own zine. This contains a set of poems that were mainly written when Sally was on a trip to the USA and they're full of wonderful insights and intimate intricacies that make it a joy to read. Sally is fast becoming one of my favourite poets and I can't wait to read her next zine (if there should be another). Visit her website right here for details of how to purchase a copy.  

RAZUR CUTS IV

Editor Derek Steel has upped his game with the fourth issue of his punk inspired lit rag Razur Cuts - The biggest and best issue yet of the street literature mag out of Falkirk, Scotland. Featuring a who's who of international talent, including PAPER AND INK favourites Jared A. Carnie, Fee Johnstone, Ian Cusack, Jim Gibson, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Wesley Cooke, as well as many more great writers. Not only is there the excellent literature content but that is interspersed with interviews and album reviews. Great stuff and well worth the meagre price of £4. That will barely get you a pint these days! To order yours email Derek at deeko1963@googlemail.com

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