Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Battered Suitcase Autumn 2010

The Autumn 2010 issue of The Battered Suitcase is now live. 

This fall we’re delighted to offer you our usual mix of stories, poetry and non fiction with some stunning artwork from around the world.

In this Issue:

Fiction selections includes pieces exploring relationship dynamics, such as R. Matthew’s poignant novelette, ‘Be Careful’, whilst Isaac James Baker writes an intense, moving story, ‘Change’, full of close observation on people and relationships.

A recurrent theme in a number of our stories in this issue is people living on the fringes of society, from Ant and his hippy-esque mother in L.M Asta’s story, ‘The Bulb’, to Angela Still’s compelling novelette, ‘Looking for Shay’, in which a cast of seedy characters exist in an urban, drug-fuelled street-life.

Even The Battered Suitcase is not immune to the Zombie Apocalypse and David Laskowski explores the literary tradition of the undead ‘Dead Ringer’.

Our September poetry as always covers a huge range of subject matter, from the bitter-sweet self reflective, ‘mumbling life’ by Afshin Ahangar, to V. Iasiello’s brief homily on time, ‘Until’. Jacob Russell has written a lovely little reflection on the nature of time and change in ‘Every Ten Minutes It Passes’, and Helen R. Peterson has contributed a wistful pen portrait in ‘When Even the Neighbor’s Cat Feels Sorry for Me’. Mike Berger writes an ode to the joys of postal ordering in ‘Just a Little Crazy’ to remind us that poetry can be fun as well as reflective.

TBS staffers Ruth Lilly and Michelle Misfit conducted this issue’s interview with JJ Colagrande who talks about his book ‘Headz’, summer festivals and the American music scene. The non fiction also includes Austin Hackett’s small slice of New York hipster life and Suzanne Kehm discussing the writerly life with her toaster in ‘Teaching Myself to Write’.

TBS’s visual art is particularly spectacular this issue, including vividly coloured, piercing portraits and Picasso-esque composition from Dmitry Gubin and David Orziel’s stunning series of photographs of people against striking geometric urban and natural backgrounds.

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  1. I'm loving the new issue online and waiting for payday to pick up a print copy. You always have the best art!

  2. Thanks Justin - we have awesome art directors...