Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Plywood Poetry and Parasitic II

The Shit Creek Review+II Plywood Edition is now online, with poetry by Lee Harlin Bahan, Sam Byfield, Michael Cantor, K.R. Copeland, Brian Dion, Richard Epstein, Larry Fontenot, Angela France, Jude Goodwin, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Danielle Lapidoth, Amanda Laughtland, Dave McClure, Mary Meriam, Bee Smith, Kirby Wright, and essays by Norman Ball, Anna Evans and Rose Kelleher. There is art by Don Zirilli, Patricia Wallace Jones, Hanka Jaskowska, C.D. Russell and Valori Herzlich.

A new parasitic feature supplement, II, focuses on the Poetry of Tim Murphy, and includes three new poems by Tim, as well as a selection from his as yet unpublished prosimetrum, Requited; also an interview, and essays and perspectives by Janet Kenny, Henry Quince, Rhina Espaillat, Alan Sullivan, Daniel Haar, R.S. Gwynn, Richard Wakefield, A.E. Stallings, Rose Kelleher, and Wendy Videlock. Click on the big II on the front page of SCR.

We are calling for submissions for the July edition of SCR+II: for SCR, poems on all subjects; for II, poems on "Lives". Subs for the July issue close on the 21st May, 2007. See the previous post for details.

SCR is here.

II is here.

Happy Paddling!

The Editors

Submissions for July 2007 Edition

The Shit Creek Review has gone Quarterly in a sleazy attempt by the editors to avoid work. In their usual idiotic self-defeating manner though, they have doubled the amount of content for each issue of SCR by adding the subzine II. The inaugural edition of II is devoted to an extended evauluation of the work of American poet Tim Murphy, and includes three new poems by Tim, as well as an interview by Paul Stevens, and essays and perspectives on Tim by a range of critics and fellow poets. Our next issue of II, bundled with the July editon of SCR, will feature poems on the theme of "Lives" - more details below.

So now you can submit work to two venues in one - either The Shit Creek review or II. If you mention in your email subject-line which of the pair your submitting for, well and good. If you don't, we'll figure it out for ourselves.

If you wish, you can submit separately for both The Shit Creek Review and II.

Submit away!

The Shit Creek Review

Submissions for the July Issue of The Shit Creek Review+II may be sent now.

There is no set theme for poems submitted to the July issue of The Shit Creek Review – send in your best 1- 5 poems on whatever you like. But read the General Submission Guidelines first.

Poetry- or Art-related prose is also welcome: reviews, close reads, essays, musings, reminiscences or hot gossip. If you’re not sure about whether it will fit, send it in anyway and we’ll let you know.

Artists can send image submissions to the Art Editor Don Zirilli (details below).


The theme for poems for the July issue of II is "Lives".

What the blue blazes does that mean? You tell us. Send us poems that can somehow relate to the notion of biography: lives of people or other entities, life-cycles, secret histories, notes from under the floorboards, case notes, memoirs, what have you – seen from any normal or altered state of consciousness you can devise. You could indicate on the subject line that your submission is for II, or just leave it to us to figure out.

Submissions for The Shit Creek Review+II July Edition must be received by Monday, May 21st, 2007.

Text Submissions:

Nigel Holt

Paul Stevens


Visual arts Submissions:

Don Zirilli


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Out of the quagmire...

A terrible beauty is born! I mean really terrible. And terrifyingly edgy! Well, faintly disturbing perhaps...

It's The Shit Creek Review, Plywood Edition, plus II!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Up Shit Creek in a yellow bus...

...without a paddle.


Be mildly anxious. Be very, very mildly anxious...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Evidently Zine Town

One of the things that gives me pleasure amidst the endless toil and corruption (financially rewarding but spiritually debilitating) of putting out The Shit Creek Review is to be part of the burgeoning of poetry that the internet has made possible, especially through the venues of poetry forums and online poetry magazines. So I'd like occasionally to point out and comment briefly on some of these.

Now Culture is visually and operationally intriguing, as well as a place to find great poetry. I could go crazy trying to catch those nimble little verbal fragments in the right-hand frame - if I wasn't already crazy. Now Culture is co-edited by our own illustrious Don Zirilli.

The Argotist Online is a goldmine for poetry lovers. As well as lashings of high-quality poetry, it has hours of reading in its interviews and essays. John Cooper Clarke, for instance - to whose Evidently Chicken Town I often thrashed away at 70s punk parties into the small hours. What a great lyric. There's loads of interesting stuff at The Argotist. Don't get me started.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Latest Update from Shit Creek Central

The Shit Creek nerve centre is a-hum with manic but purposeful activity. Bribes and bloodlines are being systematically checked and when verified and approved by the Shit Creek Anti-corruption Monitor, acceptance letters for the forthcoming Issue #3 are being prepared for emailing. Paul Stevens' recent attempt to abscond with the Shit Creek cashbox was thwarted and he is now hard at work in the clerical department sorting paper clips while sipping soju. Art Editor Zirilli and Artist-in-Residence Jones are feverishly slapping oil paint on canvas, and as oil paint can cost as much as $US126.70 for a 200 ml tube we are asking for further donations to our Nigerian branch's Save World Art appeal. Nigel Holt has retired to the desert to resume relations with the Infinite. There is no truth in rumours that his heroic contribution of a Triple Sonnet Redoublé to International Gerbil Day celebrations has so enervated him that he cannot bear to sit in the same room as a sonnet or vilanelle.

We are aiming at March 23rd for The Shit Creek Review's third issue to go online, including its inaugural editon of the new subzine II, which will be thematically-oriented. "And what theme will be featured in the first issue of II, pray tell?" you ask. Evasive as always, we smile mysteriously (though somewhat dementedly) and leave you wondering....