FLUORAZINE #3, Free/trade 5½” x 8½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Jul 25, 2018

In Fluorazine, Kit Brixton writes from what I think is a prison out in Kentucky, and if I’m reading right, they take submissions from other incarcerated folks. This issue includes collaged comics repurposed from other publications and a clipping from another magazine’s article about Betty Saar’s assemblage pieces that “challenged racist and sexist African American stereotypes”—think mammy tropes and “Jim Crow-era imagery.” Ripping a piece from another publication and dropping it in your own is a fun move, and it speaks to Fluorazine’s vibe: scrappy, rollicking, and raw. I dug the “fuckton of” haikus—“Hopes Audacity / A Sleepy Cigarette Smile / Accidental Pimp”—and what I take to be Kit Brixton’s note on loving University of Kentucky’s radio station, WRFL.FM, which has a pretty good punk rotation. Brixton tries keeping an open mind when the station plays EDM, but it ain’t easy: “In my day,” they write, “music was about dressing up like women and singing about heroin and the devil!” So yeah, a fun read, and good reminder that “prison is more than a still life picture. Nothing is absolutely still.” –Jim Joyce (Kristopher Storey, 26731-018 FMC, PO Box 14500, Lexington, KY 40512)