It was time for a new zine. It is called Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own and now the first issue is here.
The zine consists of the words, images and concepts of others. So loads of found and erasure poetry, collage, Oulipo or Dada based poetry plus contributions from other artists and poets. Even the title is a quote from DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.
Each issue will be themed and this one is The Grooming Issue. Contributors were asked to ‘share your best grooming tip’ and there are pieces from:
- Multidisciplinary artist Thomas Day (who goes by the name doting thomarse for this issue). You can see Thomas perform with Eleanor Jackson at Sylvia Plath presents: MC Lady Lazarus VS DJ Thought Fox on Feb 11, and he has curated Unstable Landings at The Bearded Lady on Feb 12 (Thomas will also perform under yet another name!).
- Musician Ben Salter from The Gin Club, Giants of Science and, may I say, a decent solo performer in his own right. Ben is constantly gigging, so keep your eyes and ears sharp for his next performance. Here’s his clip for the song Semi Pro Gamer:
- UK artist and filmmaker Renee Vaughan Sutherland. Here is a still from her recent performance at House 3:
- And musician Ian Powne from The Stress of Leisure has done some texta art for the issue, too. You can see The Stress of Leisure next at the New Globe Theatre on Feb 22, supporting Dave Graney and the mistLY. Here is a clip of Sunday Afternoon:
As a very special bonus, each of the 50 limited editions include a bonus beard extract, courtesy of doting thomarse!
Now, the design of the zine is quite complex, so here is a handy video demonstration on how to read it:
If you would like to respond to this issue’s challenge (share your best grooming tip), send it to lavenderroom1 [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk – I prefer jpegs, pdfs or links, thanks!
And finally, you can pick up a copy of the issue at my poetry performances, Sticky Institute or my etsy store!