Propeller No. 10, Winter 2012
Q&A's with Matt Kish, Janine Oshiro, and Christine Shields. Poems from Seth Abramson and John Craun. Mary Rechner on Edith Pearlman, Dan DeWeese on Mark Rothko. Reviews of Evan Hughes, Pam Houston, Nathan Englander, Daniel Orozco, and Lauren Groff.
Propeller Quarterly: The Winter 2012 Issue
articles posted February and March 2012
Matt Kish Chased the Whale
"It felt good to let go, and over the course of the 552 illustrations I went from being terrified of even touching a paint brush, because of how loosely one had to let the lines and colors flow from it, to being almost addicted to that level of freedom. I never had this with pen and ink." Matt Kish on creating Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page.
Janine Oshiro Finds Doubt in the Repetition
"We don't really know what is possible in a narrative poem until we try it. Can I say I'm trying to write an experimental-narrative poem? I'm trying to write an experimental-experimental poem? Even experimental poems start having conventions." Janine Oshiro on the Kundiman Poetry Prize, her book Pier, and creating her own givens.
A Red Man and White Lashes: The World of Christine Shields
"In this other realm, everything was red and black, so he dressed like that so they could always find him. He also made movies that only existed in that realm, and he made drawings about the movies. He was starting a bus line in another dimension called Red Hound. You could ride on these luxurious buses that were all red and watch his movies." Christine Shields chats about filmmaker George Kuchar, the San Francisco art world, and painting "Red Man."
Seth Abramson: Five Poems
"The Marchers," "First Responder," "Good Form," "Trisomic Dialogue," and "Love Song for Another Boy."
John Craun: Four Poems
"Accounts," "Crunch Time," "Push Comes to Shove," and "Universal Amsterdam."
Return to Rothko (Part I)
"We believe, deep down, that images we find important belong to us in some way, and that we know how these images should be presented. We believe that because we care about them, we must also know how to care for them." By Dan DeWeese.
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The Margins of Myth
"Because we can't see the reality in which we live--we simply don't know if the person we pass in the hall each day is the next great author or simply an office clerk--we fabricate a world in which we imagine a reality we can see. The mythologizing of place is a distancing act that opens an imaginative space: a spectacle of reality, like a world created on a stage." Sarah Kruse on Evan Hughes's Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.
Admiration Turns to Something Like a Crush
"The characters in Edith Pearlman's Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories are not, as in many contemporary stories, so wounded as to be abject, so flawed that they hover above the invisible line dividing farce and its opposite." Review by Mary Rechner.
"The travel scenes, racing back and forth like Rick Steves on speed, ultimately serve to show how these relationships mask, heal, or exacerbate Pam's childhood wounds." Review by Rachel Greben.
No Easy Punch Lines
"In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander eschews certainty in favor of the whole bewildering strata of contemporary Jewishness." Review by Wendy Bourgeois.
Swinging for the Fences
"In his first published collection, Orientation and Other Stories, Daniel Orozco grabs you by the collar with his startling humor, surprising plot turns, and remarkable variety of characters." Review by Brian Rozendal.
After the Commune
"By skipping over the most painful part of Bit's growth from child to adult, Groff avoids the cliches of the bildungsroman and directs the reader instead to study the effects of an intense coming-of-age--in the person of adult Bit--rather than the process." Review by Benjamin Craig.