субота, 11 серпня 2018 р.


Issue 11

Editor's Note:

Of all BNW issues i've been working on - this one was the hardest to make. Not only because i'm experiencing extreme oversaturation with all things literary, but also because i don't want to spin the wheels and make just another issue of just another mag. This is not what Brave New Word is about. 

I needed focus and i needed dedication. That's why it took so long to make this issue work. 

To be honest, it's been a while since i really worked on Brave New Word in earnest. The thing is - there is no shortage of submissions coming in and i had an opportunity to make a couple of issues out of loads of submissions that were not fitting for some other issues. 

While somewhat lazy it was ultimately beneficial for the magazine - it helped to make some really diverse line-ups with many different styles mashed together in a dazzling kaleidoscope. However, there is nothing to be proud of for me as an editor.
Here's a couple of things i've learned since the last issue:
  • Issue announcements don't really work. You get a traffic spike and everyone forgets about it until you start the bombardment.
  • Double issues are bad for business. The last one had experienced a traffic nosedive the week after going live. Overexposure is a thing even for a small-time niche online mags. I guess it means i need to come with the other model. Those two issues will be retroactively rearranged into one special somewhere down the line.
  • This issue is slightly bigger than the previous. It struck me that pretending that there is no space beyond 12 or 13 authors is plain stupid.
  • BNW is moving to its own domain,
And here are some funny stats:  
  • Some writers seriously think that it is my obligation to publish their work no matter what, just because it can't be the other way. Nine authors who thought this way were sacked.
  • Some writers disregard the submission guidelines and think that this disregard will get them a spot in the issue because their stuff is so dope. Over the course of last three months there were six such authors.
  • Some writers think that adding insults and threats to the follow-ups in cases of declines is a good idea. Trio of bright minds tested this out. Gotta tell you - send more. I like it. Sometimes i feel lonely when i look at my inbox. You make my day a little brighter. Especially those who fight for justice. Keep on keeping on! I will start another blog and add every single bit of your spite for all to see. Names included. 
And about an issue itself. Unlike a couple of previous issues which tended either to textual or visual - this one is pretty balanced. There is something for everybody. BNW is at its best when it goes for maximum diversity of material. 

Also - I'm really proud that this is the first issue to include my fellow compatriots - Andriy Antonovskiy, Michael Zarichnyi and Roman Pyrih. 

Without further ado - enjoy


Michael O’Brien - Ten Pieces

Michael O’Brien lives in Glasgow Scotland. His work has most recently appeared in the journals - Akitsu Quaterly, Cattails, Bones, Moonchild, The Other Bunny. He is the author of, As Adam (UP Literature) and Big Nothing (Bones). He was a runner-up in the Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest in 2009. You can follow him on twitter @michaelobrien22

Darren C. Demaree - with an empathy so fatal #115-117

Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently ''Two Towns Over' (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. He is also the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. 

His poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. 

Darren currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. 

Laura Ortiz - Four Asemic Pieces

Laura Ortiz was born in Argentina (the daugther of a typographer) were she worked as an Educational Psychologist. In 2007 she moved to Montreal, Canada and began exploring drawing and painting and pursued her passion for visual communication by embarking on a degree in graphic design. In 2016 she discovered asemic writing and art online and began to create her own. She was immediately fascinated by the combination of typography and design with literature and abstract art. Her asemic works has been featured in art exhibitions, contemporary art museums and magazines in Italy, USA, Argentina and India. She hopes to continue her work and contribute to the development and expansion of asemic art.

Igor Satanovsky - Nine Swype Poems

Igor Satanovsky was born in Kiev in 1969, and arrived in New York as the Soviet refugee in 1989. He has been exploring the poetic crossroads of European and American Avant-Gardes ever since: as a poet, editor, translator, book designer, and a visual artist. He founded International Zaum’ Day (January 7th), and contributed notes to several editions of "A Dictionary of The Avant-Gardes" by Richard Kostelanetz.

Maria Rovito - One Piece

Maria Rovito is an MA candidate in English at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. Her poetry exists in the realm of conceptualism and cyberpoetics, and her research is focused on literary theory and disability studies.

Michael Zarichnyi - Four Visual Poems

Michael Zarichnyi (1958) is a professor of mathematics at the Lviv University (Ukraine). His interests include not only geometry and topology of infinite-dimensional manifolds but also poetry, music and visual/concrete poetry. He is the author of one book of poetry, about 60 songs, and about 50 visual works. Personal exhibition of the visual/concrete poetry (Lviv University Gallery, 2011). The works are often minimalistic, inspired by beauty of mathematical constructions.