Indefinite Space. $6/issue or $10/2 issue subscription.
I came across a stash of Indefinite Space
issues going back to vol. 1 no. 2 (1992) and decided to tuck them in my satchel for over the weekend perusal. The collection has a few gaps, but is near complete. IS
is a saddle stapled zine roughly forty pages coming out annually and occasionally biannually. Co-edited by Marcia Arrieta and Kevin Joy from 1992-2004, and continued by Marcia Arrieta. The editorial model veers towards inclusion rather than exclusion or privileging one approach to poetry. There are examples of narrative, lyric, prose, minimal, visual, play... just about anything that might be recognized as poetry and can operate on a printed page.
As with many smaller poetry journals and zines from the 90s and the early oughts, the usual line-up have found a home here for their work: Simon Perchik (5, 6, 10,14); Alan Caitlin (2.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14); Guy R. Beining (1.2, 13, 14); B.Z. Niditch (2.1, 7, 8,13); John M. Bennett (1.2, 2.1, 5, 6, 7, 11); Richard Kostelanetz (10, 11); Michael Eastabrook (1.2, 2.1, 10); Spencer Selby (2.1, 8); Ryan G. Van Cleave (5); Errol Miller (1.2, 2.1). The only regulars missing from this period are Lyn Lifshin and Virgil Suarez.
[If you have work in every non-mainstream outlet, does the sheer volume make you mainstream?]
Some of the highlights in my read through:Spencer Selby
: His poems here aren't pictures. It's sometimes easy to forget that he crafts non-visual poems too. None of his poems in IS
are visually based.
Peter Ganick, "untitled" (13): His handwritten poem works as a centerfold to the issue.
Saundra Norton, "Seascape 1" (11): Contentwise, not so much, but the line breaks not only echo but give visual and sonic shape to the text.
Fernando Aguiar (10): It's the kind of thing G. Huth
might say is too easy visually, but this visual poem is humorous eye-candy.
Bob Heman, "[after Rauschenberg]" (8).John M. Bennett
, "What's Seldom Spent" (2.1): A zygotic, more meaning connected version of his poetics. A sort of missing link that proves there was a progression.
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