Monthly Archives: September 2013

Just two weeks until the issue 11 deadline

'I love fairy Tales. :)' (CC) by Flickr user dixieroadrash

Photo (CC BY-NC-SA) by dixieroadrash

We’ve had a load of really great submissions in for issue 11 so far, but I’m sorry to say that this has only made us greedy for more. If you would like to send us a story or a poem (or three), you have until midnight on the 7th of October to do so. Full submission guidelines, as well as the link to send in your work, are found at our website. If you have any questions about the process please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

— Euan

The Mixed Child With Pale Skin: a review of Rosebud Ben-Oni’s ‘Solecism’

Solecism

Solecism cover art © VAC/Rosebud Ben-Oni

One of the greatest shortages in contemporary literature, at least up until the immediate present, is the lack of unique, fresh perspectives. As the world, and especially the United States, becomes more and more integrated, so will the arts. The overwhelming number of single-race novelists and poets coincided with the obvious distinction between races. Luckily, the world has become more and more open, and the barriers between racial integration (literal and metaphorical) have been broken down. Thus, we are starting to see books like Solecism by Rosebud Ben-Oni that offer a refreshingly new perspective on what it was like growing up in the divide between extremely different cultures, and what it is like now.

Ms. Ben-Oni, the daughter of a Mexican mother and Jewish father, can not only speak from the perspective of two races that have their own distinct literary cultures and tropes, but she can also speak as a woman with a foot in each camp. In the poem titled ‘For the Mixed Child with Pale Skin,’ the author takes aim at the assumptions made about her by both outsiders of her cultures as well as the current state of each. She writes,

But now you’ve offended by writing this. You have to be careful
in conferences by ethnicities you half
belong to. Nothing sings how there is never unity for you.
Turn not to your parents: love still blindsides them.

In this poem, the author speaks honestly about her subject, telling the audience that even though some consider race to be a sort of trope that “is no longer taboo,” it is still a part of who she is. In other words, how can the truth of one’s emotions be considered passé?

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Now reading for issue 11!

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Photo (CC BY-NC-SA) by Catunes

We are now accepting submissions of short stories and poetry for issue 11! Head over to our website to read submission guidelines and find the link to send in your work. On the poetry front, we are particularly interested in seeing translations from the Gaelic, Irish, Manx, Cornish, Channel French and Welsh, however would love to read original poetry in English too. As usual, there isn’t a theme and the deadline this time around is October the 7th.

Can’t wait to see what comes in this time.

— Euan