POSER: $?, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 10 pgs.

Poser is a dense and woozy short zine that often has the stylistic feeling of reading placards at The Museum of Jurassic Technology. The writing is very internal, interior, almost brainwave. My patience for “difficult fiction” (Joyce, Pynchon, Proust) all hinges on that there better be a fuckin’ payoff somewhere in there or I’m callin’ bullshit. Thankfully, here there is.Poser excels at being almost Polaroid-snapshot in quality; each piece develops its own image. The style fits in both the realms of sudden fiction and prose poetry. Evocative flashes and impressions follow the hazy-then-clear-then-hazy brain of the protagonist. The narrative is more orbital and recursive, not linear, so more snow starts sticking on the ground at the end. There’s also a tension between sincerity and self-acknowledged pretention. It’s here where I think Poser can improve. Instead of casually casting so many culturally-heavy seeds, chose one or two and have them reverberate throughout each piece to unpack and romance them a little bit longer. See what happens then and I’ll happily read what you come up with. (no address listed)