Good morning, afternoon, or evening and welcome to the Winter 2018 issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music. Once again, we are pleased to present various works from around the world, some with an accompanying audio recording. I hope you enjoy what we've assembled this time around.
As you may know, we frequently select a title for an issue from one of the included pieces. Although this didn’t occur to me – consciously at least – while I was making decisions on which pieces to publish, it came to me with a clap of certainty during production: An Earnest Exodus, inspired by and taken from the title of Kym Cunningham’s work An Earnest Exodus: Directions To One Final Humiliation.
The reason an exodus seems apt to me is because this is the final issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music, at least for a while. I have decided to take a hiatus from publishing Subprimal for 2019, and – with truth to be told – perhaps forever. It’s been a lot of fun during the last five years connecting with so many wonderful authors and artists, but I want to spend more time concentrating on my own work.
Also, my interests have moved more into fiction and short fiction as you may have seen in the last couple of issues, and I plan to take some time to see if I’d like to start a different publication dedicated to flash. Please note that the Subprimal website and all its archives will remain open indefinitely.
Of course, none of the Subprimal Poetry Art/Music project would have been possible without the support of our readers, authors, and artists. Your willingness to sustain the cause by checking out the works, or entrusting us with your own work, has given me a great deal of pleasure. Many thanks.
As you may know, my favorite part of this project is the opportunity to hear authors read their work aloud and create a musical composition to accompany them. We have around 120 musical compositions, most of them by me, some by others, spread across our various issues. A lovely body of work to go with the art work and with the other written pieces. Between everything and everybody, I’ve had a chance to be exposed to work that I might not have had a chance to otherwise, and this has been for me a source of inspiration and delight.
Many thanks to all again and we’ll see what the future brings. Meanwhile, keep the creative candles burning, and I’m sure I’ll run across many of you in other places: other sites, other magazines, maybe even an encounter in a venue (that would be fun!) as we travel from here to there and back again to spread the word.
Victor David Sandiego