Issue #5 of ‘Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own’
The fifth issue of the zine Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own is available and this issue the theme is Light.
The zine consists of the words, images and concepts of others. Expect found 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:
- Matt Hetherington has written a poem called Deep Well. Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, gourmet Indian chef, soccer nut, bludger, and smiler based in Brisbane. His first collection of all-Japanese-related forms [and fourth poetry collection] is ‘For Instance’, published by Mulla Mulla Press. Some current inspirations are: Timbaland, Frisky Dingo, Jess, and northern sunshine.
- Elham Day has made the piece Fig.24 – Graph the thought hilt . Elham Day is a Brisbane based experimental artist whose visual and sound works combine methods of cut up, collage and distortion in order to manifest ritual invocations of profane salivation. The dark ambient music project Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne utilises similar methods to channel doom encrusted dirges. www.mayagangrene.com
- First time contributor, David Stavanger, has an untitled piece in the zine. David Stavanger is an award winning poet, writer, and cultural producer. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. At the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards he received a Queensland Writing Fellowship to develop his next two collections. David is also the Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. He is also sometimes known as pioneering Green Room-nominated ‘spoken weird’ artist Ghostboy, performing solo, with multi-instrumentalist Richard Grantham, and previously with the band Golden Virtues at festivals across Australia.
Photo of David by Elham Day
- Poet Nathan Shepherdson has written a poem called acetate (for sandra selig). 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.
Photo of Nathan by Ian Powne
There are also other pieces in the zine, for example, Carrion Wait, What is to give light must endure burning (Viktor Frankl via Felicity Plunkett), Hedge lust and illuminating tertiary-use bulldogs, and Here is the darkness. Here comes the light. (from Tilda Swinton’s speech ‘A Question of Light’).
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 incuded 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’. Each copy of the 50 limited editions of the fifth issue contains complimentary glow in the dark stars, to provide you with light, when there is none.
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 (Light), 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!