Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose
Ten years ago Redactions was conceived, and nine years ago the first issue was released. Since then and until issue 15 Redactions was strictly focused on poetry, and thus, it was called Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. But now, after an epiphany, Redactions has widened its umbrella to include creative prose: creative non-fiction, fiction, and flash fiction.
Chad Leverenz's photo perfectly captures the spirit of this new adventure Redactions will take.
The title of this self-portrait photo is "It Gets Dark." Chad says the following about the photo:
My mother used to read me a story at bedtime about a woman’s vain attempts to keep the encroaching darkness out of her home. My favorite technique involved her using a broom to sweep it out. I remember allowing myself to imagine the darkness as a “thing” rather than the absence of thing. It tickled my brain. What if, like the woman in the story, we could protect ourselves from the darkness falling and filling up around us with an umbrella? Fighting darkness is one of our species’ defining obsessions. We take shelter in the glow of so many technologies. Thinking about this story now, I don’t think the author was asking me to see the dark in any new or paradigm-shifting way. Rather, he was pointing a finger at the absurdity of what we humans already do. We all know deep down, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, that darkness is no mere absence.
Chad Leverenz is a Chicago-based photographer and writer who specializes in portrait and fine art photography. He studied philosophy at SUNY Geneseo and currently does freelance work for Brian Warling Studios, Picture-Day, and Scoutmob.com. You can find his work online at bit.ly/ChadLeverenz (http://www.chadleverenz.smugmug.com/ or contact him at Chad.Leverenz@me.com.
This issue is 6"x9" with a gloss laminate finish, perfectly bound, and has 84 pages of poetry and prose from Shari Zollinger, Nathan E. White, Danielle Shutt,Michael Robins, Natalie Bryant Rizzieri, Anne Panning, Brett Ortler, JacobNewberry, Angie Macri, Douglas Korb, Vineet Kaul, Silas Hansen, Elise Gregory, RebeccaGould, George Eklund, Bill Edmondson, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Mary Stone Dockery,Nandini Dhar, Hannah Craig, Sarah Cedeño, Rob Carney, Thom Caraway, Kurt Brown,and Derek Annis.
Plus, Jennifer Reid interviews Carrie Oeding about Oeding's new book, Our List of Solutions (42 Mile Press).
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