A Fine Line American Supper

Two print publications came into my life today — Fine Line Magazine and American Supper by D. R. Baker.

Both are jaw-droppingly great.

American Supper is a book of poetry that is really fresh. The author, Deron Baker, happens to be a poet/artist living in Algoma, which makes it that much sweeter for me. He stopped by the gallery today and dropped a few copies off — we have a mixed media piece of his in the current Salon 100 show.

Let’s just say that I was blown away when I started reading his poetry. The copy he gave me smelled slightly of smoke as I turned the pages. Fitting for poetry that has been described as “apocalyptic” and “a quest for the sacred in the everyday world”. I agree with the back cover — the imagination does find refuge here. I was painting pictures in my head the whole time. Sublime.

Another interesting (and more professional) review of American Supper.

Excerpt from Dead Town

I took an evening
stroll through a little
Place called Dead
Town, like
Walking through a tinted photo.
Everyone stood still,
stiffened by fear.
Fraudulent phobia
and pink lemonade.
Everyone here is a
statue,
Preserved for
posterity, calcified,
Marking the exact
moment of their
death.

We are working with Baker right now to set up a poetry reading/book signing at the gallery. It will probably be during the February Algoma Art Wave.

We have a few copies available at the gallery or you can get one online.

NOW, a few words about the new Fine Line Magazine, created by Milwaukee artists/curators Cassandra Smith and Jessica Steeber.

cohesive, succinct, penetrating

It’s refreshing in many ways. No advertising, first of all. Mostly images, with quotes from some of my favorite poets and authors scattered throughout.
New art. Good art.

image credit/more images from the mag

According to their website, Fine Line Magazine aims to encourage the viewer to develop their own understanding of and relationship to the ideas presented.
I say mission accomplished and get your hands on this issue right now.

You can buy the first issue, Welcome Home, here

There is just something about print that I really connect with.
Print will never die.

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