As I mentioned in my previous post, my poem 10th, 11th was featured in Moonshot’s fourth issue: Correspondences. What I failed to mention is that they’ve sadly closed up shop. Whenever a journal that’s included me falls by the proverbial wayside, I make it a point to eulogize them and I think it’s particularly worth drawing attention to this relatively short-lived publication for several reasons.
First of all, each and every single one of their five issues features truly compelling cover art. Everybody knows what they say about books and covers, but ignore that for a minute. When you’re looking at a literary journal that also publishes visual art, their choice of cover says a lot about their overall aesthetic. One look at an issue of Moonshot, and you can tell they’ve got an eye for quality. Molly George‘s cover for Correspondences is a perfect example. It makes it pretty difficult to resist the urge to open up the issue and delve in.
And once you do delve in, what you find is just as fascinating as the cover. I was especially struck by the graphic (illustrated) poetry of Simon Moreton and Alexander Rothman. These people are pushing the boundaries of what a poem can be, but not in the exclusive ways that some excessively experimental poetry movements encourage. Their art invites people into the poems by giving them something familiar and then leaves them with poignant words to ponder. It’s a powerful one-two punch combo, but I don’t come across it in many other journals (though I’m probably not reading widely enough).
Fortunately, Moonshot’s website is still live and you can find digital editions of all five of their issues their. Even more fortunately, the founders of Moonshot have a new project in the works called AADOREE, which I can’t wait to get my hands on. Please check it out and support these people. I’ve said it before: without publications like this, writers like me have nowhere to place our work.