The seventh issue of the zine Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own is available and the theme for this issue is Pocket.
The zine consists of the words, images and concepts of others. Expect found and visual poetry and collage, plus contributions from other artists and poets. Even the title of the zine series must be attributed to DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.
Please meet our contributors for this issue:
- Andrew Galan has contributed the visual poetry piece called I wish they were yours… Andrew is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Jet Fuel Review and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (life during wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is for all the veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.Andrew will be launching his book at Riverbend Poetry Series One on Tuesday 29th March at Riverbend Books.
Photograph by Sean Davey
- Ian Gibbins has created a poem game called pockets of that you can play if you fold out the zine. Ian retired in 2014 after 35 years as a neuroscientist, including 20 years as Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University. Ian also is a widely published poet in print and online, and has been short-listed for many national poetry prizes. His writing employs diverse forms including video, animation, and electronic music, some of which has been performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2014-2016) and the Queensland Poetry Festival (2014). He has published three full collections of poetry: Urban Biology (2012); The Microscope Project: How Things Work (with artists, Catherine Truman and Deb Jones, 2014); and Floribunda (with artist, Judy Morris, 2015). For more info, see www.iangibbins.com.au. Some of his video poems can be seen at https://vimeo.com/iangibbins. In between all this, he helping to run the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
- Artist Elena Kotasvili has made the piece Instructions For A Performance For One. Elena studied Fine Art in London. Her visual work has its root in Performance Art. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals locally and internationally. Elena also collaborates with creative professionals working in theatre and contemporary dance as a creative collaborator and stage designer.
- Musician Ian Powne from The Stress of Leisure has done some texta art for the issue. You can see The Stress of Leisure next on a boat at the Marville 7” Launch Aboard the Brisbane Star, with Marville and Some Jerks. Tickets are here. Here is a new clip from The Stress of Leisure called No Idea is the New Idea.
- Fiona Privitera has written a poem called Pocket Notes. Fiona loves cacti, triangles, pyrite and lizards. Also birds. And the ocean. Cuddles. Sunshine. Red grapefruit juice. And her mum. And her dad. And lots of other things really. Yay for love!
- Tessa Rose is a writer, performer and artist and she has contributed a collage piece called rice dream. Tessa has performed at Noted Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane Square Library, Ruckus Slam, and at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! as part of 24 HOUR GYM, alongside Pascalle Burton. Her writing has appeared in previous issues of ‘Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own’ and the Zine in a Matchbox series. She lives in Brisbane.Catch Tessa when she features at Riverbend Poetry Series One on Tuesday 29th March at Riverbend Books.
Photograph by Adam Thomas
- Poet Nathan Shepherdson has written the poem yawn. Nathan Shepherdson is the author of five books of poetry. He is the son of the painter Gordon Shepherdson. Nathan and I performed a poetic response to Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon called UN/SPOOL at last year’s Queensland Poetry Festival and we have made a limited edition companion piece/poetry object. You can pick up a copy here.
Image by Ian Powne
- UK based artist and filmmaker Renee Vaughan Sutherland has contributed her piece Pocket Sized Date. She is currently working on a short film commissioned by the BFI/ Wellcome Trust and No.w.here Film Lab – about ‘love’ for the Queering Love, Queering Hormones project. Here is an image of the structure of ‘oxytocin’ – her hormone of the week! She suggests topping up your own levels by stroking your arm, watching someone else stroke their arm or for a real oxytocin hit give someone a cuddle – lovely!!!! More information can be found on her website here.
There are also other pieces in the zine: Brass in Poche, air can hurt you too and billiard ball reports feeling as though struck by lightning.
The Bonus Gift.
The first issue of the zine came with a bonus beard extract courtesy of doting thomarse. Issue #2 included a Finnish architecture playing card. Issue #3 included a free movie ticket for the Grove Theatre in Pennsylvania in 1953. Issue #4 included a vintage fortune ticket reading as seen in the fortune-telling machine in The Twilight Zone Episode 43, “Nick of Time’. Issue #5 included glow in the dark stars. Issue #6 included a disposable glove and vintage astronomy themed collectors postage stamp. Each copy of the 50 limited editions of the seventh issue contains a complimentary unbreakable plastic comb*.
*comb may break.
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 theme (Pocket), send it to lavenderroom1 [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk – I prefer jpegs, pdfs or links, thanks!