Gesture Zine #3
Gesture Zine does not indulge in any obscene gestures. Gesture Zine keeps it clean. Children are starting to read PDFs of online poetry so this may be well advised. With all issues Gesture keeps everything looking good. Aesthetics are as important to Gesture as are literal contents. Since many fail to adhere to such high standards it is doubly refreshing to see the autumnal colors introducing the collection.
Franz Wright wanders home under yellow street lights. The buzz of the street lights is the crickets of the electronic era. Hermits live in the city. Country folk are curious about neighbors. Good thing the city life asks nobody to do anything. Simply pay bills and ignore others. If one does that they can be a hermit for an indefinite period of time.
Rosemarie Waldrop uses punctuation properly to the utmost in perfection. Thanks to punctuation one can use those amorphous aspects like scare quotes which don’t ‘mean anything’ or ‘mean everything’. Commas allow her to travel down the road, stopping along the way for gas or rest stops for trail mix.
Daniel Suarez receives a special card. Families are where the cards are. Hallmark exists thanks to families and friendship. Hallmark hates misanthropes.
Nate Pritts opens her mouth and nothing comes out. That’s good. Mouths can be empty too. Humanity is not always chewing the facts. Words can be swallowed, heard, and experienced. Whatever way is the best way. Summer comes for Nate since it thinks she’s a special kind of person, the sort that deserves a new season every now and then.
Parker Tettleton’s sentences travel on trains. Unfortunately these sentences lack the money to purchase a car. Thus they are confined to a life of public transportation. Days of the week are simply a social construct. Time is a social construct. Who goes to sleep when they are supposed to anyway?
Bryan Dejonghe messes up a concrete wall. Bryan Dejonhe is a little like Ronald Reagan if Ronald Reagan wasn’t a total bitch. Reagan never tore down any walls, he delegated it to his Soviet counterparts.
Leanne Milkway Chabalko is pulled together with some strings. This is an important part of modern life. Strings are attached to everything. Heart-strings are a well-known commodity. Lesser known are alarm strings, job strings, even guitar strings. Together they form a web called life.
Howie Good bets on sugar cube flies. Gambling is a terrible vice. If one depends on the whims of a fly they are bound to be disappointed. All flies bring disappointment at the very least, along with disease and general grossness.
Stephanie Doeing explains the problem with America’s youth from the point of view of a waitress. Here children are addicted to coffee in order to stay up late and do nothing with their lives.
Daniel Beauregard understands math. Over the course of the poem he explains how he is jealous of those who learned to play the piano. It is never too late to play the piano. Musical theory is simply that, a theory. By taking it further one can discover new things, to be an explorer of sound.
Clarissa Ames projects wind power. Thanks to the power of the wind millions of Americans receive clean energy each and every day. Does it help them become better people? No, energy can’t do that. However it can teach the wind to slow down. Too bad the wind doesn’t get any royalties from its generated power.
Pam Benjamin’s message from OK Cupid is endearing. Online flirting is tricky. What she does is tell the reader a little about herself. Since the OK Cupid user appears to be busy with things she puts her major points into bullet points.
Karen Valladares refuses to clean words. Fuck yeah! Let words become filthy and covered with maggots! Scream it. After a while the words will be gross and somebody will throw them out. People need to chill out with the wordsmiths.
Lauren Becker loves a good stranger. Most of the world consists of strangers. Every time somebody watches TV they see a world full of strangers. Yet there is supposed to be a level of sympathy for the strangers. It is a weird life. As they become known they go to voicemail. Voicemail is where friendship goes to die.
Tomas Moniz does many weird things when he can’t sleep. Pickle manufacturing is a growing field. Without pickles what would hold those unstable burgers together, vegan or not. Sleep is more important than pickles.
Meg Johnson wants to pretend gas stations are romantic. Anything involving gas is romantic. Cars are supposed to be romantic. In that Pixar movie ‘Cars’ they apparently are anthropomorphic creatures interested in creating a better life.
And it is over. What a wild-ass ride. What fun to be had in these beautiful, artwork bound pages!