Welcome to Issue #8, Volume II
Quite another summer, several years ago. I had flown in from Buenos Aires to Montevideo to meet Eduardo Galeano for an interview at his house there. In conversation about his latest project, he turned in his chair and pulled out several little booklets from behind him. "Historias de cordel," he said. Handing them to me, he explained that while that part of Brazil where these came from was "lo mas pobre" it possessed "lo mas cultura," and these booklets were part of that. From coarse paper, they were crudely put together and smelled of tobacco, of the sweat of their readers and creators, of the coffee someone had drunk, of the cheap vino tino someone had spilled...
We include a further explanation of these in an appendix/introduction to the piece itself, but, very briefly, what we feature is a single "story on a string," by Galeano, reproduced from the back of a publicity post card which he gave me.
This issue, we are also pleased to bring you a special Pocket Anthology, curated by Mark Wyers, and consisting of work by young Turkish writers who have hitherto not been translated into English. Wyers has ably translated these and provided the reader with a brief introduction to these writers, new to those of us who lack their authors' mother tongue.
Editor, Eric Darton, gives us a compilation, a canticle that joins William Carlos Williams, Rockin' Robin and a few other thoughtful delights. In Darton's words. a "canticle," as we use it here is, "something for the birds, as in of a feather. But it’s from canticulum, i.e. sonnet or little song or short incantation."
We hope that you have enjoyed our in-between issues Extra! feature, designed to allow us to share moments of irresistible inspiration with you. In addition to and off-issue piece directly from us, you will also receive "Editors' picks." Both can be accessed via the email and our site, after which you can also take another look at the current issue. Disfrutaste!
Please also note that we have linked the books mentioned with various websites. We also encourage a visit to your local library or, failing that, the Open Library a free online library, which lends ebooks, lists your nearest lending library source and/or offers a link to where the books can be bought.