This is SO exciting. Kevin Brennan (and everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Brennan’s) recently launched a new literary magazine called The Disappointed Housewife. Is that the greatest name or what?
The site publishes edgy poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, music, multi-media, photography and anything else that doesn’t fit inside normal conventions. As Brennan says in the Editor’s Foreward: “Work that’s not just outside the box but turns the box inside out.”
This is encouraging because too many literary journals publish formula fiction, formula essays, formula poetry. Reading through them, you can feel the college/MFA workshop influence, and I’m not knocking MFA education; I have one myself. Yet (and this is just my opinion, mind you), too many journals lack variety, lack outside voices and outside viewpoints and sound too much like conventional writers trying to write from other viewpoint without ever having ventured outside their own worlds and into the grittier aspects of life.
Sometime, being safe is the worst thing for a writer. Sometimes, you have to step outside the comfort of the familiar in order to capture the true and authentic voice of a story or poem or essay.
From what I gather, The Disappointed Housewife plans on leading the way.
Interested? Here’s more of what Brennan has to say: “We’re looking for stories that strike us as different, always with that idiosyncratic touch. Iconoclastic. Kind of bent. Humorous. Poems that find the metaphors we’ve been looking for but never quite landed on. Essays that take us away from the usual and into the world of the unseen and overlooked.”