Wednesday, July 23, 2008

blueprintreview #17: bodyscapes

can literary magazines develop a sense of self?

if so, it would only be logical that blueprintreview, at 17, turned physical. and no, it isn't me, the editor, who chooses the issue themes. they develop through incoming submissions, just like adolescents develop their personality through exposure to the world.

bodyscapes, then: flesh. and blood.

also: feathers. and cigarettes. stone. and dust. solitude. and an orgy. a portrait. and a pinup.

it's one of the dynamics of blueprintreview: the way texts and images in each issue develop unplanned connections. the way they come in counterparts, connecting through twin lines:

Breaking rock instead of bread /
She pecks at me like seed

(Slip Inside / Groomed by a Bird)

Sometimes you fall because you desire the fall. /
I have lost the balance of human standing.

(The Orgy / Portrait of Nirvana)

another aspect of turning 17: a shift of pace. meetings with strangers. ventures into new places. a rush of happenings. - never before has blueprintreview received so many submissions, both from new and regular contributors. never before has the review been reviewed itself. as a result, the bodyscapes come with texts that spin and frill and curve, with images that line into colour patterns that cross over - and with a reflection of itself:

"BluePrintReview is an online journal constructed to ease the complex and beautiful convergence of language and art and all the possibilities this entails." -

exploring the possibilities. that's what blueprintreview is about, and even when the issue is complete, the thematic journey continues in just a moment, the blueprint blog.

here the link into the convergence:

enjoy the bodyscapes~

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