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Friday, June 6, 2014

BLOG ZINE: Look In, or Look Out

by Kari Tervo

Hi. So. . .it's been a while. I was studying for a professional exam (I passed YEAH!), I got a new job, and my dog died. Transitions make me reflect, look within, and see myself in a different context, so here's a couple of zines on that theme: one looks out towards the world of circus performance, and the other stays within, examining life's personal details.

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Trabant #5
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Megan Gendell
megan@somethingsbegun.com

This is exactly the kind of zine I love: a per-zine that gives us a glimpse into a world we might not otherwise know about. In Trabant #5, Megan Gendell chronicles her attendance at a 9-month professional circus training program. She navigates her tight schedule, shares what it takes to create an acrobatic program that is both technically-impressive and emotionally stirring, and wow--circus training sure requires a lot of attention to the body, even in her free time. Her difficulties with injuries and fatigue lead to moments of crushing self-doubt, but Megan works hard to evaluate and manage her emotions in the context of her desire to reach her goals. Luckily, she finds a supportive community in her instructors and classmates. Her personal insights about body image, self-care, and motivation are inspiring for anyone who feels like they're swinging through life without a net (see what I did there?!). These insights are packed into a neat story about circus life. This is a solid, well-written zine.

The East Village Inky
Rating: ?
Price:  $3

Ayun Halliday
http://ayunhalliday.com/

Setting the standard for omphaloskepsis, Ayun lovingly chronicles the minutiae of her daily life: children, pets, various kitchen items. In other words, it's basically a Midwestern mom's scrapbook. If you're into that sort of thing, do it to it, but bring a magnifying glass. Not for further evaluation of that day she did that thing (there are over 50 issues of that), but to decipher her tiny, scrunched-together handwriting.

So in the meantime, when I wasn't here and all out and about and resumeing and biting the end of my pen as I studied for my exam, I did manage to put together another zine. It's called Brightline: Six Poems About Light and Darkness. It's all about trusting your inner spark. You can pick up a copy here if ya want.

I've missed you guys. I'll try not to be so much of a stranger. I'ma go transition into the report I'm supposed to be writing right now.


















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