- We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and rashness.
- The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt.
- Literature has up to now magnified pensive immobility, ecstasy and slumber. We want to exalt movements of aggression, feverish sleeplessness, the double march, the perilous leap, the slap and the blow with the fist.
But how can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them. Improves them for what? for death? Why hurry them along? Too many poets act like a middle-aged mother trying to get her kids to eat too much cooked meat, and potatoes with drippings (tears). I don’t give a damn whether they eat or not. Forced feeding leads to excessive thinness (effete). Nobody should experience anything they don’t need to, if they don’t need poetry bully for them, I like the movies too.
“To proclaim a manifesto you have to want: A.B.C., thunder against 1, 2, 3.”
There are fine monuments built to an aesthetic. That is not why we are here.
We are here because there are poems that need homes and there is always room for more distraction.
EDITOR: Caroline Crew is the author of several chapbooks, including ‘CAROLINE, WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD’ (Coconut Books, 2015), and her full length collection PLASTIC SONNETS will be out from Big Lucks in 2015. Currently, she lives between Old England and New England, and on the internet here:caroline-crew.com.
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chris Emslie lives in Alabama. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jellyfish, Whiskey Island, Indiana Review and elsewhere. His t-rex impressions are unpolished but full of heart.
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Alexis Pope is the author of Soft Threat (Coconut Books, 2014), as well as three chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Volta, Denver Quarterly, No Dear, Big Lucks, and Forklift Ohio, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.
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