subTERRAIN #82, $8 Can./$7 U.S., 5½” x 9”, offset, 96 pgs.

Sep 27, 2019

I’m not sure if subTerrain is intentionally distancing itself from the ivory tower of literary journals by calling itself a magazine, in spite of sharing the same sort of content (fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, et cetera.). My guess is no, but they’d be right to do so. I think they should allow even further distancing. I’ll tell you why. It’s simple. SubTerrain rocks and literary journals suuuuuuck! Nothing about subTerrain has that journal feel. It lacks that shitty, graduate-degree-damaged creative writing selected (under duress) by a glazed-over and bitter college intern written by some desperate hack who gauges their self-worth on getting published by someone else. The theme of subTerrain #82 is “shame” and the editors have carefully selected writing by a diversity of people from POC to prisoners, with the strongest piece written by an elderly woman. Though the reality of the writer’s lives may differ greatly from the reader, most of them navigate sublimely the unique space of their struggle with shame while at the same time presenting it as universally human. –Craven Rock (subTerrain Magazine, PO Box 3008 Main Post Office, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X5, Canada, [email protected])

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