SPARE CHANGE #25: $3, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Jan 15, 2013

A solid coffee table zine; each page of this offers a haiku as well as a photocopied reply to business junk mail. Both represent healthy drives to achieve something—the haikus come from the author’s drive to create, and the business reply mail is part of a single-handed campaign to help save the post office from going bankrupt by making businesses foot the postage bill for the junk mail replies. The haikus are mostly decent, peppered occasionally with great lines (“ramen to the grave / we inherit all the bills”; “love can starve in the corner / while hate eats itself”). The business reply mail appeals more to the punk sensibility: witty, often snotty or political, it runs the gamut without losing its sharpness, going from lashing out at fetishized “Native American”-inspired goods to simple little nonsenses like, “I’m that voice in your head, I just learned to write!” I can only hope that the people opening the mail at Globe Life Insurance and Renown Health Products enjoyed these as much as I did. –Dave Brainwreck (T. Foote, PO Box 6023, Chattanooga, TN37401)