BLOCK ELEVEN. A journal of art and creative writing. $7.00
IF you have not heard of BLOCK then more is the pity because issue 11 is their swan song, a beautiful finale for a journal that has contributed so much to the young literary community in Canberra at ANU.
Paired back to simplicity BLOCK 11’s cover art is by local Canberra favourite Luke Chiswell. The art gets better and better as you navigate between the text laden pages.
Patrick Mullins ‘Flower Pot’ series charmingly weaves a subtle spell of sunshine and sweetness over the reader which gently nudges one into each short story, poem or artwork with an open ready mind.
The writing in BLOCK is always exceptional. Exiting, intriguing and thought provoking this issue is no exception. The young voices of tomorrow ring out clearly with a new individuality that characterises them when nothing else can.
If you’ve never forayed into the mine riddled field of emerging writers, then BLOCK will steer you clear of self indulgent mess into the field of enjoyable writing at its best! From the no holds barred ‘Rush Rush’ by Marrianne Brighton to the sparse, taunt poetry of Ashley Capes at work in her piece ‘Through the Backyard’ there is something here to capture every reader.
Pick up your copy of BLOCK ELEVEN from SMITHS ALTERNATIVE BOOKSHOP today… or tomorrow! Some back issues are available at SMITHS too…
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