by Kari Tervo
the more you make,
the less you’re mute
Okay, I’m no poet. But I’m reviewing a poetry zine and a social justice zine today. That kind of covers both.
Hi. I’m Kari, your friendly neighborhood zine reviewer. Let’s review some zines!
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Gaudy Verse II
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Gaudy Verse is a beautiful booklet of 8 relatable poems on modern-day woes. Orla takes on snooty people, introversion, the tyranny of our cell phones, and the lesser things in life in this delightful set. Imagine Bridget Jones crossed with Sylvia Plath, complete with British spellings and references that just make the whole thing more charming. Here, try this stanza from “Always Connected”:
At first I thought it fit the bill, the tariff was just right
My fingers rolled across the screen like lovers in the night
My texting was unlimited, at last I was in touch
Before I’d just pay as you go and never went that much
But three weeks in my phone has come to know me all too well
And far from electronic bliss it feels like I’m in hell!
Orla’s poems are not only fun, they’re the real deal. They’re very well-written in terms of meter. This chick knows what she’s doing when it comes to a poem. How entertaining are these poems? I’m giving a freaking poetry zine three exclamation points, that’s how entertaining they are.
New Hearts New Bones #15
Cheering and Waving Press
This zine stands out in look and topic. It is hardcore DIY in that cut-and-paste kind of way, but with a deliberate artistic flavor. And it has a message, a big one: Things are bad out there for marginalized people. But New Hearts New Bones doesn’t hit you over the head with that message. It uses media as varied as song lyrics, collages, drawings, public arrest records, and theoretical material to allow the reader to draw her own conclusions about social justice. You’ll learn about the maintenance of existing societal power structures through an easy-to-understand diagram, hold your fist out to abuses of power, and leave feeling aware and ready to make the world a better place.
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Kari Tervo enjoys pop culture as a universal language. Sorry, Esperanto and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: Bieber wins. She’s not sure if she’s supposed to be writing about herself in the first or third person right now, so she’s going to act like someone does this kind of work for her. Why ruin the mystique?
Kari reviews zines for Pop Culture Beast in her regular column, Blog Zine. She also provides pop culture opinion and analysis about whatever she gets the urge to write about.