ROJONEKKU WORD FIGHTING ARTS #4: $?, 7” x 8½”, copied, 38 pgs.

Jul 22, 2016

Raven Mack is a self-proclaimed “mystic-poet-philosopher-artist of the Greater Appalachian unorthodox tradition,” and if that didn’t prepare you for this zine, I don’t know what will. Raven’s series, Rojonekku is a “words fighting arts zine.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but in this issue the author tells us a story about a non-operational jukebox that he once bought, and then upon failing to fix said jukebox, he drops it off in a field under a tree. One late night on a whim, he decides to plug the jukebox into the base of the tree. After doing so, the jukebox plays its records—though slowed down and only if the season wasn’t winter? The author then describes more than a dozen of the slowed-down mystical songs, their original song meanings or origins, and relates his own personal life stories to said songs. Mind you, the descriptions start at number one hundred, and this is only issue four, so I’m assuming there will be a lot more issues covering this strange phenomenon. A bizarre read, for sure. –Tricia Ramos (Rojonekku WFA, PO Box 270, Scottsville, VA, 24590)