Friday, October 21, 2011

New Lit: Scud Magazine

scud [skuhd]

to run or move quickly or hurriedly.
Nautical . to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
Archery . (of an arrow) to fly too high and wide of the mark.
the act of scudding.
clouds, spray, or mist driven by the wind; a driving shower or gust of wind.
low-drifting clouds appearing beneath a cloud from which precipitation is falling.

See Also: Missile, Literary Journal 

And so Scud is off to a sparse and mysterious start.  

What will this magazine become?

So far, I kind of love it, and not just because my poems are included in it.  There is a humility in the anonymity.  And with the blog format--which is free of advertising, or any connection to money--Scud reminds us that a blog that isn't grounded in ownership can become a great forum for social(ist) media, which is to say "community."

What are your predictions for the future content of Scud?
 You can send them poems.  

I'm so pleased that two of my poems, "Citizenship" and "Elegy for Advertising Space"
can now be found on Scud.  You can look for the companion poem to "Citizenship" in the next issue of Forklift, Ohio.

Thank you, Scud, even though I don't know who you are.

Occupy Writers

We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world. 

Here are at least 200 writers who represent a range of readership, genres, and communities.  So far, it seems to be grounded in name recognition, but maybe that's an effective way to get things done. 

Rumor has it, the first name on the list was Salman Rushdie.  I saw him give a very thoughtful talk in a library in Barcelona several years ago--he gave the room such a genuine and uniting energy.    

Occupy Writers also includes original poems by D.A. Powell, Anne Waldman, and many others.

That's the community on a broad, national level.  If you're in Honolulu,
Craig Santoz Perez has initiated a
Community Writers Collective
which, so far, seems to have a lazer focus on specific local causes and protests.
The first action helped provide the language for protests which target the upcoming APEC gathering in Honolulu: