The HARVEST Season is nearly over with October passing by fast…now we shall HARNESS the internal wisdom, the voice of the Higher Self honoring needs of the body and soul. Here, at CREATRIX, forest bathing, nature loving, star gazing, and poetry are our medicine and daily practice. Writing your heart out gives you the power of knowing yourself; reading other’s poetry bestows the gift of insights into our collective soul. Let’s search, and read together at TRIPLE HAPPINESS!
On Tuesday 29th October CREATRIX and Red Temple (imprint of Creatrix Magazine) celebrate the launch 3 new books: ( ) poetry collection by Jeremy D. Slater, “Hysterical Surrealism” poetry anthology edited by Tony Oats, and “Birds of Equinox” motherhood inspired poetry collection by Jana Astanov, with guest readers: Jane LeCroy, Bonnie Lane, Abbey Garner & Elizabeth Sokolovski. Please join us at Synesthesia Gallery for this special evening of joy and poetry.
BIRDS OF EQUINOX by Jana Astanov
“Astanov writes with a clutch of wild emotions competing with each other for air – in each line the mood shimmers from rage to hope, from gratitude to vengeance – and after each poem you’re left wondering whether anyone survives. These are the deranged beauties of language barely holding on to syntax. Her Goddess knows full well the harms men do to women. Her poems are sensual, primal whispers, spirit shape-shifters that drip with blood. There’s something of Angela Carter’s weird Hexan women here alongside surreal, Plath-like detonations of spites and charms. This is less music and more tempest, heard through walls on which magik siguls squirm. Frightening.” Richard Marshall
Priestess of Impermanence, JANA ASTANOV is a multidisciplinary artist and a poet. Her work includes photography, poetry, performance, and new media. BIRDS OF EQUINOX is her fifth collection of poetry, beautifully designed by Hannah Woods, with the most spectacular art work by a painter Carrie Ann Baade.
Deer Woman from Birds of Equinox:
Read more about Jana Astanov’s Birds of Equinox:
( ) by Jeremy D. Slater
Review of ( ) poetry collection and a poetic debut of Jeremy D Slater published by Red Temple, Imprint of Creatrix Magazine. Penelope Fate acutely points out: “Slater’s collection begins with the void, but not all is formless and void, as there is very much a form, and the void betrays an ontology, sometimes between parentheses, but most importantly laying a poetic foundation for the rest of the collection. Spare, but necessary. Beautiful and rare.”
“( ) ends with a Buddhist prayer and a catalogue of things in three columns, all of them important, all of them framing the day, and the end. However, this can also herald the beginning of a new age of poetry that breathes and that lets us breathe (and think) and gives us heroes that are weak and full of self-doubt, perhaps true heroes for our age. They don’t wreak mead benches; they write suicide notes to themselves each night and each morning tear them up and then make lists for the new day. “
Read the full review:
JEREMY D. SLATER is an intermedia artist working in the areas of sound, video, computer art, performance, installation, and words. Born in Reading, England and a graduate of both SUNY College at Buffalo and School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Computer Art. Performances include sound and live performed video that is ambient and sometimes interactive/reactive. Video work includes single and multiple channel videos for screening and installations with sound and ephemeral sculpture.He was one of the 1999 recipients of the Computer Art Fellowship from New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) and has attended the Experimental Television Residency, was guest musician at Watermill Center and HERE with Cave/Leimay, and was artist in residence at Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, South Korea. He has exhibited and performed in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. www.jeremyslater.net
HYSTERICAL SURREALISM edited by Tony Oats
HYSTERICAL SURREALISM edited by Tony Oats is an anthology of what Penny Fate has termed prosetry. Portions of this collection have appeared elsewhere. The “Turtle Diaries”, by EJ Spode previously appeared in 3:AM Magazine in the context of EJ’s work ‘The Oddity’. A number of contributions to Penny’s poetry slam were also published in 3am. For that matter, my own poem “frozen ropes” also appeared previously in 3am Magazine. “Burn”, by Tanya Zeifer previously appeared in Creatrix Magazine.
Review of Hysterical Surrealism by Richard Marshall : “Fragments, ephemera, the nonliterary, unintentional scripture brut make a thick spaghetti micro-poetics. The sacred here is served up as a shrewd and cunning lampoon that immediately turns into a wheel preventing backwards motion and insisting we go onwards. It’s a horse trick giving us a new line of sight via a noon, longitudinal circle circumscribing the world. I’ve heard it said that contemporary Mexican poetry is rather over-dependent on craft and balance at the expense of spontaneity and experimentation. Paz, Lopez Velarde and Sor Juana are influential in this state of affairs. However true this might be of many, there are exceptions. Natalia Toledo in Oaxaca writes in Zapotec and sees the world on the brink of extinction and this new fresh breed seems what Spode and his gang are absorbing.”
We burn! by Tanya Zeifer from Hysterical Surrealism poetry collection:
All three are published by Red Temple, an imprint of CREATRIX Magazine.
Bios of guest readers:
Bonnie Lane (May Be Bonnie) is an Australian interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. In an act of performed autobiography, she presents her ‘life as art’ in a context-based practice that spans writing, object making, dance, video, performance, lectures, and social intervention. Bonnie holds an MFA from New York University and Bachelor degrees from TheUniversity of Melbourne and Monash University, Australia. She has received grants from the American-Australian Association, Rudin Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, National Association for the Visual Arts, and the City of Melbourne. Sheheld solo exhibitions in New York at 80WSE Gallery, WildEmbeddingS, and AC Institute, and in Melbourne at MARS Gallery, Anna Pappas Gallery, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, and BUS Projects. Additionally she has presented work at MoCA Taipei; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; New York Experimental Film Festival; New York Porn Film Festival; Seoul Museum of Art; Santa Fe New Media Festival; and Pioneer Works; among others.
Abbeyrose is a NYC based singer, actress, & performer with musical theatre background. She is a proud company member of The Living Theatre, and an alumna of Circle in the Square Theatre School & the King’s College. She has performed in and produced musicals and plays in New York City. Highlights include the lead role in the original NYC cast of A Pound in Your Pocket, by the composer of classic musicals Annie & Bye Bye Birdie, both at NYTW and 54 Below, and producing a Living Stations of the Cross as a protest of capitalistic greed in front of the Trump building on Wall Street. She is currently directing a play in Greenpoint, and her latest trap-opera song, “Che Si Può Fare” is available on streaming platforms now. abbeyroseofficial.com & @mrsabbeyrose on Instagram.
Elizabeth Sokolovski is an aspiring underground poet who seeks the right words to manifest her thoughts into reality. She is studying Advertising at FIT and pursuing the creative fields of writing, photography, and dance. You can read her poetry on her IG @soul.threshold.