The Rag Literary Magazine Issue 6
Seth Porter (Editor), Daniel Reilly (Editor), Justin Duerr (illustrator)
Genre: Anthology, Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Magazine
Personal failure, self-examination, and the tyranny of entropy fill the pages of the Rag Lit Mag in June. Staying true to the monthly anthology’s gritty theme, the tales range from base to darkly whimsical on a tour through the self. My favorites for this issue were Best Work and On Bread Alone with their forays into the whimsical and departure from grim reality into both symbolic and spiritual regions. One or two tales, I felt ended too soon.
Best Work shocked and charmed with the artist’s self-destructive (literally) artistic process and the near-prophetic nature of his meeting with the homeless girl and her voracious drawing.
Bread Alone spun a bittersweet tale of a man who lived multiple lives through different bodies, jumping haphazardly from one to the next, yet knowing every thought and experience of the new self. The narrator’s profound love and ensuing spiritual journey was both ridiculous and beautiful.
The featured artwork was fascinating, and made me want to zoom in and examine closely the active, colorful, joyful, images tinged with terror and darkness.
The poetry in this issue fit well with the theme, illuminating scenes in sharp detail and drawing me into their emotion.
I received this book from the author for the purposes of an unbiased review.
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