Friday, March 20, 2009

Eight Stone: Hot off the Press!

"Intersections" the transit-themed issue of "Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!" is now out!

Pick it up HERE or visit yr local zine shop! (Yay for Atomic Books) Can't wait to buy a t-shirt- photos will be posted as soon as I do!

I have to say, I really love the combination of different style and voices in this zine. Wry, honest, and as hard-boiled as our beautiful city. Whenever I have out-of-town visitors, I always hand them a copy of "Smile, Hon!" to introduce them to the "flavor" of Monument City.

Some of my favorite highlights from past issues include the cop's story where he is moonlighting as a security guard at a seedy motel, and is called to break up a domestic disturbance dispute. He opens the door expecting to save the damsel in distress, and is instead confronted by an ENORMOUS woman flinging empty liquor bottles at a cowering, naked dude, screaming "He's too high to get it up!" (Although the cop captures the tone of the dialect much better than I do- you'll have to read it to see!). I also like the stories about interactions with crazy neighbors, out-of-sorts ramblers wandering the city, and the wonderful spark of recognizing a place you've been to in town referred to in print.

disclaimer: Yours truly has published her first poem in this issue! I'm thrilled to be included among such Baltimore all-star contributors. I have to admit, I do think I'm capable of writing a stronger poem, but nonetheless, this was a great place to start. And this wheel that used to pull the streetcars up and down Paca street deserved an ode.


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