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Marching across/ the Bridge on the River Kwai

Dear Storywriters, Storyhearers, and Pythonians,

The Summer 2013 reading session is over. To those who submitted, wonderful work so far. We’re still evaluating your pieces and will come to a decision. To those who didn’t submit, shame, forsakenness, misdeed upon your household! Or your wifi. Whichever affects you more.

You can always submit to our fine little literary magazine at yorickmagazine@gmail.com. If you missed the deadline for the Summer 2013 issue, why not submit for the Fall 2013 issue?

Do it. This is a warranted challenge. So is the following:

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“I Can Make it to the Gate in 3 Seconds, Can You?” by emilydickinsonridesabmx

As we run from attack dogs and march in tune, we realize that submitting work is a tough process. It’s equitable to raising children and sending them off into the world to get jobs—except your children can get rejected and you have to revise them to make them perfect.

Sounds pretty dystopian to me.

But it’s what writers do. All storytellers need to strive to find their medium. We don’t all have the honor of telling our tales to a tribe by the fireside in the desert. We don’t all have enthusiastic grandchildren who honor us with their ears. What we do have is the Internet.

The first magazine I successfully submitted to, Postcard Shorts, is a sweet affair with remote flash fictions that take your mind away for a few minutes, roughly. It’s an enjoyable publication and a reminder of why we write. Escape. A chance to travel to a new world, one not too far away but not so subtly in an inaccessible dimension.

That’s a lie. We submit to become famous. You want to be in an echelon where strangers will glorify your work and your friends will say, “Wow, I grew up with that chick, and now she’s a famous novelist/ short story writer/ poet? I really suck.” However, you can always relieve non-writer friends by reminding them that your pay affords the pens and paper you write with.

So escape and fame. What else? Here’s a thought: we’re all writing to concoct the same dream with different pieces, chemicals, people. A complete story, with a beginning, middle, and end (unless you’re one of those absurdist-surrealist compatriots, and to you I say write on). Detective solves a mystery. Lovers solve the mystery of love. Gloomy poets solve the mystery of isolation with more isolation. It’s completeness we seek; passengers on the same boat, towards the same lonely island, we take up different cabins believing we’re original.

So march on and whistle.

Submit.

Can you submit before the vicious dog reaches the fence in three seconds?

Yes. Absolutely yes.

Remember that even though our songs sound different, they follow the same tune. Go buy yourself some caviar, you peasant. You’ve earned it.

Love,
Alex

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It’s Here! Yorick Magazine Has Given Birth To Another Baby

Dear Folks, Yolks, and Volkswagens,

The new issue of Yorick Magazine has been placed on Earth by divine touch. 

It’s true! We mean it!

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Colored Coke,  Matheus Fialho Fiuza

After hours of deliberation, editing, loitering, lawyering, confrontation, galactic battle, voyeurism, and pandas, the fourth issue of Yorick Magazine is here! The Spring 2013 issue has been published, featuring the work of several wonderful poets, fictionists, and artists, including Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto, Jeremiah Walton, Matheus Fialho Fiuza, and James Colville. Take a gander, take a peek; send it to your friends, your uncles, your deer; serve it to your local Democrats Club for lunch, or feature it as the 19th hole of your town’s miniature golf course.

Excited? Enjoy your literary exploration. Don’t forget to like it on the Issuu page!

Thanks to all contributors! All acceptance decisions were tough to make. However, we feel that the pieces we chose were exceptional beyond the starry limit that we set.

Thanks also to you, our wonderful readers. You are members of a beautiful community. You support a work of love with your thoughts and eyes. Your warmth shimmers. For that, we’re grateful.

Love,
Alex Grover
Editor-in-Chief,
Yorick Magazine

“Snoissimbus!” Cried Kim Jong-Un

Dear North Koreans, South Koreans, and other Balkanized Citizens of the World,

Yorick Magazine is winding up its first harvest of the year for its Spring 2013 issue, which will be due in some time in late March or early April. We’ve gotten dozens of lovely pieces from writers and poets from around the world. If you like to submit writing to magazines, now is your chance to add your story into the frothy broth of our submission soup. 

Deadline for submissions is March 18th, 2013.

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      Kim Jong-Un applauds us.

We take poetry and short story submissions. We also take novel excerpts. We also take clown memoirs, disco aftermaths, parade streamers, Hawaiian treaties, and constitutions from legitimate countries (and not those threatening to blow us the hell up!)(Even though we’d do the same to you, you scary world).

If you have an eye for aesthetics, or even if you don’t, please feel inspired to submit photography. The moments you capture will be released within the confines of Yorick, so if they’re incredibly dangerous, do not worry. We do have the technology for such fine work. If it’s revolutionary, we will make grilled cheeses for the partisan warriors of the resistance.

You should submit art, too. Yorick beckons for original artwork, as the menaces of the image scribe tend to delegate wonderful nuances in image councils, who bear good will to the image world. Did you detect the metaphor their? The image metaphor? No? Yes?

Good.

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      Kim Jong-Un loves us.

Are you quibbling? Don’t! You’re doing us a favor by providing our phantasmagorical magazine with your poetry, art, photography, and short story submissions, along with the other fancies that you hide in your trunk of work. We are looking for tales in words and images (aha!), stories within walls, people in places we never thought they could roam. It’s a challenging proposition, but we mean it. We want your best, and we’ll accept your best.

Fair warning: if Kim Jong-Un submits his poetry to us, we will accept it bar-none. Sorry folks.

Remember, March 18th! March 18th! Submit everything! All of it! 

Cheers!
 – Alex, Editor-in-Chief

Milk and Honey Siren, Review

If Jeremiah Walton intended to create an anthology that was entirely unified, logical, mainstream, and direct, then he failed. Though I don’t think that’s what he intended when he selected works for Milk and Honey Siren. I think that he knew there’s a certain beauty in chaos, and that as readers we are receptive to such a chaos as to relish it. If that was the objective, then boy, he achieved it.

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Brought to you by Nostrovia! Poetry

M+HS is a pick-and-choose medley for differing tastes of readership, from somewhat traditional narrative poems that invoke popular culture and sentiment, to the aesthetically intriguing and bizarre, the abstract works that seize us in delight. Some of the poets that lassoed me wild were Kyle Hemmings, whose monkeys were daunting, Dan Hedges, whose blurbs were a bit dystopian—a flavor I love—and Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto. His monolithic political and cultural feast, “I’VE SEEN THAT MOVIE, TOO!” zigzags in and out of biting satire and pop potpourri. He presents a maniacal totem that strings characters like Prufrock, Holden Caulfield, and Seinfeld in the same lineage of cultural dystrophy, the degeneration of our own personalities into parasites of media references. It’s an excellent piece among many others that strike the reader with literary brutality.

Walton’s anthology has its flaws, though it accepts them. Not every work identifies with the central themes prescribed. Not every part of the framework is too neat. But M+HS is still a hell of a show. Bottom line: Walton and those anthologized made some spectral and illuminating art. To bastardize a poignant line in the final piece of the collection, “The Festival,” by Samuel McGrath, “there are hearts” behind these pieces…and I’m still reading.

4 out of 5
– Alex Grover, Yorick Magazine

Interested in Milk and Honey Siren? You can download it for free! Click here to do so.

Want us to review your work? Contact us at yorickmagazine@gmail.com.

A Break from the Literary…

…but still a journey into the extraordinary. “Canteloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock. Live rendition of a song originally written in 1964. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Did you know I loved jazz?

– Alex

It’s really inspiring…uh…

…to see the artists of the turf rise together.

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Erm, maybe not exactly like this.

I had the glorious opportunity to spend an evening with a photographer, a field botanist, a magazine journalist, an engineering student, an owner of a prominent literary magazine, and a team of managers and interns of a printing press that sprouted in Philadelphia and took roots there and elsewhere.

How do these people find each other?

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Um.

No! It’s not just that.

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It could be.

Listen. Do they go to school imagining these literary and artistic and sophisticated friends that they’ll meet one day and, lo! they appear? Do they gravitate towards one another by some spectral ferocity that animates from the spine and burrows through the flesh? Maybe that’s disgusting. And sure, it could be as simple as sending a tweet to an account that looks especially “literary” and “artistic” and “sophisticated.” I’m dramatizing this, but it should be said that these relationships shouldn’t be taken for granted, and that for artists to meet is a beautiful happening. The energy from last night is stellar–is!

Not was. Is. Still feelin’ it, people.

It remains and thrives until the next meeting of minds. Golly, the pretension of this statement. But how true it is!

Okay, without all the crazy talk, I’d like to thank for the umpteenth time The Head and the Hand for putting on a lovely night with some very lovely people, Nic Esposito and Linda Gallant especially. That, my friends, was a big ol’

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Well that was fun!

Have a good morning/afternoon/night/perpetual state!

– Alex

The Return of Yorick in an Awkward Year

Dear Congress, Bacon-Lovers, and All Others Who Enjoy Pork,

McGayesville, VA, 2013

The staff of Yorick emerged from our doomsday bunker unscathed, finding that our native country had barely survived running over an oddly placed cliff.

Greetings, cliff-edge.

Anyhow, as we promised, we are open for business! Send us your best short stories, poetry, flash fiction, novel excerpts, dramatic scenes (10 pages and under), flavored gametes, and Oxford commas. We want them. We lust for them. We’re the magazine that believes in publishing to a fine standard. Whether that standard is kosher or not, we’ll stand by it with whatever metaphorical legs we possess.

Send your submissions to yorickmagazine@gmail.com. You probably won’t regret it.

Cheers!

– Alex, Editor-in-Chief

Yorick Magazine Fall 2012 is here!

You dear fine people! Avast, she comes to us in silver dreams:

http://issuu.com/yorickmagazine/docs/fall2012

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Thank you for the wait. Enjoy poetry by Regina Lloyd and Joe Stokes, along with fiction by Matthew Myers, Christina Schillaci, Christopher King, and Christian Belland. Artwork is provided by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Elisabeth Stonaker, and Jenea Turner.

Read this issue. Consume this issue. Let us know what you savor the most.

Yorick Magazine will be back in Spring 2013. In the meantime, keep your eyes upon us! We’ll be adding new and interesting content in the coming months (which may feature flying ducks and couture ash trays). Don’t hesitate to submit your finest work to yorickmagazine@gmail.com. Be a part of this exciting and frivolous piece of raw humanity.

Until next time, stay safe from the aqua bears.

Cheers!

 – Alex, Editor-in-Chief

The Coming of Our Fall Issue – For Real

Hello Readers, Writers, Gombaloos, and Nitteryips,

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It’s been a while since our last post! The staff at Yorick Magazine has been fighting ravenous walruses for weeks on end, but now the scuffle has come to a close. With that said, our Fall Issue will be arriving soon! We have much planned in terms of advertising this issue, so once we’re ready, it’ll be unleashed unto the masses. Stay posted and you’ll experience its lovely splendor.

Cheers!

Alex

Submissions for the Fall 2012 Issue are Over

Hello all!

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We’re pleased and slightly sad to say that our call for submissions is over. We received some great works from budding artists, and we’re so excited to begin our reviewing process. Expect the final product within a week or two! Thank you all who believed in Yorick Magazine from the start—and those who are starting to believe now.

Cheers!

Alex