61Clara Venus etc [A_Rimbaud] Reminder - Birth of Rimbaud
- Oct 19, 2004In 2005 Red Hand Press begins publishing 3 new literary annuals--
Clara Venus, fulva flava, and Defect Cult--in both print and on-line versions
( 3 annual titles rather than one quarterly). Writers & artists recieve
payment in contributors’ copies only, at this time. One year subscriptions $15.
One copy $5.
Poetry: all forms and styles, prose poems
Prose: flash (500 words or less) fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction
Send your high contrast b&w drawings, prints, collages, paintings and
for consideration. By mail: submit clear clean photocopies of original
images. Via e-mail: send JPEGs. Keep in mind the openness of these publications and
the stated themes when submitting artwork.
Small Press poets, writers and artists may submit their work now for
consideration for the inaugural issues. One submission opens you to consideration for
all three publications--unless your (optional) coverletter indicates a
send submissions to:
Red Hand Press
PO BOX 422344
San Francisco CA 94142-2344
The name of this publication, Clara Venus, comes from Rimbaud’s poetry--his
description of a lady emerging from her bath--her buttocks engraved with the
words Clara Venus ... hideously beautiful...
The focus of this Clara Venus literary annual--the female outside roles and
beyond the descriptions she’s usually written into. Let*s not hear any more
stereotypes about the female defined as either delicate virgin or hardened whore,
chaste nun in any sense, or demure mother-figures. This is where women tell
us who they really are, fully, in their many human aspects.
The theme(s) of the first issue: POSE, euphemism & images of the past
*There’s no deconstruction without the memory of the tradition.*
Seeking unconventional writing/images on the conventional-- exposing the
pose, truth and the untruthful, those who speak with forked tongue and role-play,
ringers and replicas, pretentions, affectations, and the unpretentious,
lifting the veil or mask, vintage poses of women on postcards, the female form as
logo in advertisements, barbie dolls and equivalents of today. How many
euphemisms can you think of that name female body parts? Delving into famlily
photos or your personal memories--the series of images seered into your
brain--women you grew up hearing about--Indira Ghandi, Janice Joplin, the go-go dancers
on TV. Images of the past--all the images you know about that contributed and
shaped you as a women ( even before your were born).....where you are now and
intend to go--tell us about a whole new world, a few words at a time...
Fulva Flava purportedly means *the woman of fire* in Latin-- in Honore de
Girl With The Golden Eyes.
Flava and Fulva are both associated with lilies & horticulture.
The title fulva flava was chosen for this literary publication as evocative
of all the ripply lively female aspects--the hush-hush, not to be spoken-- to
put the indecent to question, as all things female have been labeled and
squeezed into that narrow category for so long just bursting to pop out. So froth
forth and submit any very short prose and/or poetry and cover art for, by &
about the sexual intellectual exploring the wet spots of the unembarrassed
fulva flava http:llfulvaflava.blogspot.com
DEFECT CULT --- the fear issue
*tapping the largely underutilized female mind...”
The name Defect Cult comes from a phrase within Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, * ...a poor woman devoted to the cult of her
defects.* Meaning bad habits, traditionally un-female behavior--exerting her own
tastes and preferences! Yes, we like that--women deciding what they like and
don*t like for themselves--no social role, no guardians of patriarchy enforcing
behaviors & limitiations--that*s what we want---writing about women outside
any norm....writing by women and writing by men who love women...
the first issue we’re calling the *fear* issue--seeking writing on *fear and
the social facade*
*female fears* *origins of fears* *overcoming fears*
*Poetry sustains life. Of this I am certain. There is no doubt in my mind
that the pain of poverty, whether material of emotional lack, can be eased by the
power of language. I know this intimately.*
bell hooks -- from Words of Passion
If you feel that Big Eye (of sycohantism & societal watchdogism) upon
--the fact that you are aware of/feel the need to escape those limitations
indicates your writing may be what we want. So drop your pants and moon tht Big
eye...flash a beaver shot, pull up your top and show your boobs, then turn
your back and write freely for yourself and send your truth(s) to the Cult...the
Cult is waiting with pages open wide for you to fill up. (in this land of free
speech and equality for all, I am not afraid to say these things--do they
scare you? If so, do you know why? Why not explore your thoughts and fears....?
Send any creative results to the Cult...)
Marie Kazalia, Publishing Editor
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