In mid-March 2011
launched the first issue of its distinctive literary magazine,
. Publisher, Lori Gum, and editors, Tyler Yearling Hively and Laura Miller, have worked together to assemble the stories and poems of Columbus, Ohio artists, poets, and prose writers. The magazine's design is beautiful, with Gum and Christopher Brown largely responsible, and Jamarr Michael Mays' bold cover art allowing the journal its first flight.
Myth and metaphor are at work here--inspired by wings, tusks, and great gatherings of birds in silhouette. Hively introduces the inaugural issue with a piece called, "For a Parliament of Rooks," in which he retells the "obtusely poetic legend" of the thousands of rooks who listen to a fellow rook tell a story, which at end is either applauded by granting the single rook his life or rejected by attacking and killing him. Following this incredibly tongue-in-cheek introduction, whereby one hopes the magazine's readers will praise its storytellers, the writers are introduced via "a field guide to Filigree"-- a twist on the typical table of contents.
And what follows is a collection infused with wit, sentiment, revelation and lyricism--indeed, one that is worthy of much applause--or perhaps the loud, dark, breathtaking beating of wings.
To order a copy, follow this link to Periodisa Publishing: