The following is the first draft of the introduction to volume five of the magazine just thought I'ld throw it out there for you guys to knaw on for a while. jdc
We, the publishers and editors of DL5, would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you, the people who buy, read and submit to this magazine. DL5 is now one year old and has already grown into an official 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, wearing our official mask as Project 108 Publications. This is our first theme issue and our anniversary issue. The theme, along with our newfound status as a non-profit corporation may require a bit of an explanation to those of you who might question the veracity of our self proclaimed sub-title as the undergrounds ‘voice of the lunatic fringe’. Yet the fledgling magazines reputation for excellence rest solely on the undeniable quality of each volumes content.
The America issue is inspired by my love of the great America poems by writers such as Langston Hughs and Allen Ginsberg. After reading an America poem of my on at the Balcony Clubs poetry salon other writers shared their America poems with us and thus the idea for the theme issue was born. All of the writers and artist in this volume are writing about the same subject matter but from a variety of differing perspectives. Some are living overseas, others are on the east coast, some are wealthy, while others are living hand to mouth. Yet something has driven all of these writers to create, to make a statement on what it is that defines the American at the beginning of the 21st century. These poems are often humorous, defiant and unconventional in their approach to the subject but they are always genuine and personal. The writers leave neither themselves nor you the reader any escape from what it has become to be an American. These days we often find ourselves laughing at the antics Washington but we know it is not really funny. These writers are not political extremist for the left or the right but mainly center-ist, just like the majority of the population of our nation. They just happen to be talented poets and a photographer who wrote about and photographed the subject. But their voices are the songs of enlightened reason and progressive insight, rational voices whose music is in your every “mind breath”.
This one-year anniversary volume is here to showcase the Art of being American, these days it really is an art form even if you’re not an artist. Often we are forced to be spiritual high wire artist, moral contortionist or more often, we choose to be psychologically Houdinis, escape from reality in one metaphysical fantasy or the other artist. These five artists have taken the blue pill in order to show you how deep the rabbit hole goes as we follow them to a rendezvous with a red, white and blue muse. These are the visions and observations of those willfully trapped in the real world wide-awake and screaming. Enjoy.
The editors DL5 jdc
Death List Five website http://www.deathlistmag.tripod.com/
poetry of Jolee Davis http://www.livejournal.com/thighs
poems by Joey Da’rrell Cloudy full penetration poetry http://www.livejournal.com/tafkatpod/