The submission calls for Abridged magazine, a poetry and art publication, are always a good read.
is the age of the inspirational. We wake up each morning to a torrent
of messages on social media informing us that if we ‘be ourselves’ and
‘believe in ourselves’ we can achieve the impossible. Transformation
will be quick and painless. A screen full of medicine men (and women)
selling easy answers with beautiful backdrops. Conversely when we do
achieve something there are legions of ‘trolls’ ready to lay siege to
us. The age of the inspirational is an age of extremes. Love is public
and anger is quick to surface. We search for the impossible and when it
can’t be found we want to scorch the earth. Our loves, our hates, are
quick. Our fear is now public domain.
fear remains in the ether, an indistinct agent in our psychological
lives, both invisible and disturbing as hypothetical warfare. When we
feel under attack it solidifies and we name it. It is in naming the
thing that should be feared that it comes into focus, even merely as
mirage or red herring.
By naming it, mythologizing it, adorning it with colours and
connotations so as to turn it into a child’s villain, we cast it from
ourselves and make it temporarily stable enough to identify: a tangible
enemy. A named fear is a catalyst for all that frightens, within and
beyond ourselves. Telling a story of good and evil, of black and white
masks the problematic complexity of these qualities incestuous and
changeful relationship. Light can obscure as much as darkness, and on
each the other depends for definition.
Mercury is a mythical explosive. Abridged in 0 – 48: Mercury Red
explores our need for immediate public affirmation, our virtual
emotional lives and our search for the impossible personally and as a
society then the anger when we realise our Nirvana is unattainable.
Submissions may be up to three poems and can be sent to email@example.com preferably
in Word format or as part of the email. Art should be up to A4
landscape in size and 300 dpi or above.
Please note this is a landscape
format issue rather than our usual portrait.