Going Down Swinging No.29

Very simply, you should get this one.


But glib statements aside, this is a fantastic issue. Right down to the beautiful print job – holding GDS #29 you almost get the feeling that you ought to have cotton gloves on, it’s just a wonderful finish.

And the cover by Mila Faranov is outstanding, presented beautifully by Morpheus Studios’ jacket design.

Inside it’s still great. To choose only a few favourite moments, there is Graham Nunn‘s Sentinel – where a found animal skull has “ants completing the delicate work” of cleaning it.

Oslo Davis‘ graphic novella is a perfect centrepiece, with especially effective use of perspective in the images and humour in the story of Walter, “an undercover, undercover ticket inspector [who] could be under investigation.”

And the humour continues with Simon Cox‘s Instructions for Bored Children on Long Car Trips which had me smiling ruefully with unpleasant memories.

Then you have the powerful contrasts elsewhere in the issue, where Jane’s To Do List by Ivy Alvarez is full of striking lines and a general feeling of threat and tension: “his eyes on my skin/two slugs silvering”.

It’s really nice to have a beautifully presented magazine paced well too, the running order and balance of the work inside is a testament to editors Klare Lanson & Lisa Greenaway – thanks for a great issue indeed.

Heaps more that I should mention in detail – but I’m running out of time today, so quickly; there are also great works by (among many others) Lorin Ford, (a delicate meditation on water) Matthew Hall (with a quartet of pieces dealing with light and memory) and Alec Patric‘s prose poem with its impressive construction and almost stream of conscious word choice.

Clearly, I recommend this issue – I feel quite honoured to be alongside the artists within!

9 thoughts on “Going Down Swinging No.29

  1. Thanks for the mention Ashley.

    And you’re right –> it’s a great issue.

    Then again, GDS haven’t put one out for a while that hasn’t been brilliant. In my opinion, it’s the best lit mag in the country for poetry. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the accompanying CD, which has highlights from the Overload festival, (34 tracks, a full length album, that would justify the cost of the thing by itself).

    Congrats on getting two pieces into the same issue. It’s hard enough to get one in. Clearly, you’re kicking arse, poetically speaking.

    • Thank you, Alec, I’m feeling really happy with how it’s going at the moment, and like you said, 2 pieces in GDS wow – blown away! And I agree, GDS is right up there, my new favourite mag.

      Geeze, how stupid of me! I spend an hour or writing a mini review forget the CD! What a dolt. That will follow.

      My pleasure – I really like the flow of it. Like here with “our silent dead womb only seeming to suffocate God and his wriggling / giggling angels” it reminds me of the busy roof paintings in catholic churches, it’s a fantastic line. It’s also the repetition and variation that seems to drive the poem – the grass, hill, flat, kiss, concrete. It’s so cohesive!

  2. Hi Ashley, thanks for the mention! So lovely to be in the same issue as you and so many talented people. A real pleasure!

    And totally agree with you on the lushness of GDS’s production values. Wow.

    • Hi Ivy! My pleasure, and thank you, I feel the same. You poem is stellar, I’ve re-read it quite a few times now.

      🙂 Yes, they’re superb production values, such a pleasure to pick GDS up!

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