Sunday, August 3, 2014

Return of the Zines Part 2

I've got some ridiculously exciting news. I've been sitting on this for months. There have been a few leaks, but I'm guessing that, for most of you, this is the first you've heard of

Feed the Long Neck is migrating to the new site, where you will also find a digital zine archive. I'll be polishing and adding content over the next few weeks--the idea is to eventually have the bulk of my writing available online. New work will be added as new zines come out, and very soon it will be possible to subscribe to these zines.

Yes, there will be new zines. Though I had stopped writing enough to put out regular issues, though I had abandoned the self-publishing of hard copies as juvenile, a summer's reflection has me convinced that zines are actually an ideal medium for reading poetry. The zine of 10 or 15 poems is basically the literary version of a pop album.

It is substantial enough to allow for the development of a theme, limited enough to avoid dilution.

It is possible to produce regularly, allowing a writer to share fresh work as she writes it.

It is an impetus to create fresh work.

If consistently published and shared, it fosters the development of a reading community.

It is an excuse to send and receive mail.

It combines the manufacturing of physical things with the broadcasting of word-patterns.

It gives a writer control over how her work is presented.

And so, without further ado, I am moving forward, making the move. I very much hope you'll join me. Thank you for the past 5 years of reading and writing--it's been a complete pleasure.

xx Lizzie

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