CONTENTS

November-December 2018 | Volume 14 Number 6

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE

Lineup: November-December 2018/V14N6

Fabia Wong/In Search Of …
Jose Rodeiro/Artist Interview
Garciela Kartofel/Photography
& Interview with Spencer Throckmorton
Yoshiro Takayasu/Fiction
Bill Mesce, Jr./Fiction
Barbara Rosenthal/A Crack in the Sidewalk
Carl Oprey/Art Review
Alan Swyer/Fiction
Spencer Throckmorton/Interview
Evan Balkan/Travel
Steve Poleskie/Then & Now
Fred Roberts/Eurosound Reviews
& November Playlist
Jim Palombo/Politics
Cynthia McVay/Creative Nonfiction
Richard Kostelanetz/Fiction
J. T. Ledbetter/Poetry
Marc Darnell/Poetry
Galanty Miller/Re-Tweets
Benedito Ferrao/Creative Nonfiction
Joe Mills/Fiction
Bill Mesce/Book Review
Perle Besserman/Fiction
Ronald Primeau/Poetry
Alan Wetzien/Travel
William Crawford/Flash Photo
Karen Lethlean/Sports
The Whitney Point Poetry Group
Jennifer L Dean/Book Review
Emily Vogel/Book Review

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lineup: September-October 2018/V14N5

  1. Karen Lethlean/An Ironman’s Story
  2. Barbara Rosenthal/A Crack in the Sidewalk
  3. Michael Goldstein/Album Art
  4. Fred Roberts/Visit to the Old Country, Music
  5. Fred Roberts/Poland Playist
  6. Maria Gillan/Poetry
  7. Ben White/Ocean Ghosts
  8. Steve Poleskie/Then & Now
  9. William Crawford/Flash Photo
  10. Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret/On Location, France
  11. T.R. Hummer/Poetry
  12. Sherrie Harvey/Bermuda Triangle
  13. Lyn Lifshin/Poetry
  14. Rich Ives/Nonfiction
  15. Ewa Mazierska/Scarves of Candolim
  16. Jim Feast/Book Review, Thad Rutkowski
  17. Michael T. Young/Poetry
  18. Jean E. Verthein/Fiction
  19. Ed Coffey/Why I Run
  20. Suchita Bhhatia/Filmmaker Frustrations
  21. Tom Kay/”Holy Shit: Computer Oral Art”
  22. Jose Rodeiro/”NoWall@All”
  23. Jessica Noyes McEntee/”Can You Say Capitalism?”
  24. Joe Giordano/”At the Cemetery”

 




 

Editor’s Note

 

It’s a wrap…

 

W

e’ve got a great issue for you this time around, a fantastic way to close out our 14th year publishing Ragazine.  Not only have we gone back to our roots of poetry, photography, fiction and art, but also we’ve compounded with travel, politics, humor, satire, music and book reviews, and things you may not have thought about yet.

Fashioned as an online zine of Arts, Information & Entertainment, Ragazine has managed to stay afloat due to the efforts of our content contributors, financial donors, erstwhile editors – and readers.  We’re glad to still be here while so many others of our trade have either ceased publishing, or shrunk to the size of Cracker Jack prize books. So, Welcome or Welcome Back as the case may be, and let’s hope we’ve got another year or two still in us.

But enough of that…. while we’re engaged in a prolonged era of presidential indecency, from the Throckmorton Gallery in New York City comes the ethnographically authentic photography of two amazing women whose work captures the emotional caliber of Mexico.  In “Time of Change,” Garciela Kartofel’s essay in the guide to the exhibition, one easily comes to better understand and appreciate both the realized and unrealized dreams of our neighbors to the South, evident in the photographs of Lola Alvarez Bravo and Mariana Yampolsky. Kartofel also interviews gallery founder and owner Spencer Throckmorton, a long-time collector of photography by and about Mexico, among other things. Find out what makes him tick in this articulate Q&A.

Our New York Arts editor, Carl Oprey, has written a piece on the acerbic work of pop artist Bruce Nauman, now showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and their PS1 location in Long Island City. Perhaps calling him a pop artist is rather restrictive, inasmuch as Nauman’s career ranges from the fifties to present day, and encompasses a wide variety of media and expression beyond Pop. Oprey’s critical observations and references show he’s up to the task.

It would be easy for me to go on about all the fine work in this issue, from due process and “Me Too,” by Fabia Wong, to the elders of the Whitney Point (NY) Poetry group, the innovative “flash photo” fiction by William Crawford, the music of Europe in review by Fred Roberts, political commentary from Jim Palombo, a short fiction by Richard Kostelanetz, travel to Sierra Leone by Steve Poleskie, “A Crack in the Sidewalk,” by columnist Barbara Rosenthal, an interview with artist and former Arts Editor Jose Rodeiro, and “tons more…”  You can sort through it all in “Contents.” And when you’re done, we’re fairly certain you’ll be left with plenty to think about…and, hopefully, wanting more.

Thanks for reading, and for spreading the word.
Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor
See you next time.




Gift Boxes for the Rich

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Perle Besserman/Fiction

Karin doesn’t like Carl’s best friend Benjy, and she doesn’t want to join them in a game of poker, but she doesn’t say so because Benjy (who has come to live with them after being thrown out of his apartment two months ago by his second wife) keeps threatening to kill himself…

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Bruce Nauman at MoMA

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Yoshiro Takayasu/Fiction

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O. Alan Weltzien/Travel

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Alan Swyer/Fiction

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Richard Kostelanetz/Fiction

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J. T. Ledbetter/Poetry

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Marc Darnell/Poetry

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Go Broncos/Fiction by Joe Mills

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The Whitney Point Poetry Group

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Emily Vogel/Book Review

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Cynthia McVay/Creative Nonfiction

The first time I saw Field Farm it was the dead of winter, snowless and charmless, but even so, something about the soft curves of the land and open space captivated me. As the realtor fumbled for the key to the modest house, with thick plastic tacked to its windows, I turned to look over the short-cropped, amber field, unfazed by the fierce wind that came from all directions at once. I wrapped my scarf around my neck and head, and stuffed my bare hands into my coat pockets. My shoulders lifted to my ears to close out the cold. I could barely hear the realtor’s answer when I announced I was going there. And then the wind swept me out into the land.

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Evan Balkan/Travel

How do you make sense of a place? Perhaps years from now, I’ll remember little about Quito’s noise. I’ll probably forget that I didn’t sleep much. I’ll not be able to recall the perpetual tickle in my throat or the burn in my eyes. All that will fade away.

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PREVIOUS “CONTENTS”

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Michael T. Young/Poetry

     Dredging Gulls tow my gaze out beyond the breakwaters and jetties, to coast there among the glass towers. Wind whips the water in me into waves and spindrift. Along all my shores are hardnesses broken down into sand, fragments supposed to equal the history of me....

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Mark Walker/Creative Nonfiction

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Stéphane Vereecken \ Photographer Interview

Q: When did you first realize you had creative talents as a artist?

A: I started at a very young age to no longer take Fine Arts courses and I digested all those artists who are part of the history of the Fine Arts. When I realized that one medium was not enough for me and that I needed to experience them all, I realized that I needed to say things with my art…

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Ohio Jazz Shorts/Candice Watkins

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William Crawford/Flash Fiction

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Sue Atkinson/Old Schools, Part 2

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Steve Dalachinsky/Poetry

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Adele Kenny/Poetry

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Fiction/Leslie Brown

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Nancy Barno Reynolds/Education

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Playlist for Donald Trump

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Jim Palombo/Politics

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Mark Levy/Casual Observer

How about this one? You can risk sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior, like feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or even suicidal, in an effort to treat what ailment? Ironically, it’s depression, and Paxil and Wellbutrin are the medications. So if you are depressed, these medications can solve your problems by provoking suicide. Logical, I think, but extreme.

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Fred’s February Playlist

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Scott Thomas Outlar/Poetry

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Jim Palombo/Politics

“… we have an education system that seems most focused on verifying its own worth, making it ‘too busy’ to be concerned with developing ongoing, civic dialogue. (Especially in these turbulent political times, this should be a top priority, at least on par with developing technological skills.)”

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Pierre-Jean Amar / Photography Interview

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LOCAL HEROES, 2015, Hamburg

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