The Rag, Vol 5
Genre: Literary Fiction, Magazine, Anthology, Poetry
The Rag promises gritty, cutting-edge writing, and it delivers. The stories and poetry in volume 5 pulled no punches. Many of the stories in this issue focus on crime and the people close to it, whether fighting it, contemplating it or committing it. My favorite, called The Girl With Pretention in Her Hair by Bill Lytton, gave us a peek inside the judgmental mind of a man on the subway contemplating the profound ugliness of those around him. We’ve all done it, and the honesty of the piece overcomes the treacherous quality of the act of presuming on the lives of people we have never met.
I confess that I really didn’t understand the poetry at all. A few truths seemed to surface for me, but I guess I’m not hip enough to really comprehend the whole.
Between the writing, the art pieces featured by Meredith Robinson really dazzled me. They are both predatory and awkward, the colors warming the blankness of the animal expressions.
I love, too, the juxtaposition of a digital magazine that brings the reader back in time to a past medium of anthologies, cutting edge and literary tradition. Take a look at The Rag, a unique and progressive approach to literature.