003 Coming Soon!

003 is now complete! Here is a list of all the accepted poems, prose, and Art. If you have been accepted please ensure we have your address so a free copy of the magazine can be sent to you. If you would like to pre-order a copy of Foxtrot Uniform: 003 please email: foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail. Copies cost £3

Our Cover Artist for 003 is Steph Coathupe if you’d like to see more of her work it can be accessed on her website: www.stephcoathupe.com

Poetry

Livermore, Richard

‘Renegade Frog’

Ehrlich, Milton
‘The Tightrope of the Mind’
‘Tender Moments’

Royle, Holly
‘Defying The Path’

Meade, Gordon
‘Asian Elephant’
‘Sea Lion’

Khomutoff, Rus
‘Sonic threshold of the sacred’
‘A collaboration between Khomutoff & Soriano’

Scarisbrick, Luke
‘Facebook Zuckbook Face Fuckface Bookface Book’

Connolly, Paul
‘Haircuts’
‘Burn it all’

Reynard-Bowness, Billy
“’owt else pales when compared t’ th’ Dales”

Potts, Laura
‘The Night That Robin Died’

Miles, Ezra
‘Not to be reproduced’
‘The Circus’

Meakin, Michael
‘Extinction’

Fahey, Paul
‘A display of Artistic Temprament’
‘Dog on a String’

Carber, Len
‘Ode To Mrs Miller’
‘Near the Orchard’

Brown, Elle
‘Daisy’
‘Elm Seeds’

Haley, David
‘Planning Prospects’

Cialis, Joshua
‘Now (A poem for Margate)

Merrifield, Reece
‘Cigarettes’
‘StyrsÖ

Prose

Cialis, Joshua
‘On Spontaneity’

Art by

Erlick, Joshua

Kuznetsova, Olesya

Jones, Stuart

Hayward, Matthew
‘Collaborator’

Do Our Modern Lives Affect our Creativity?

Words by Holly Royle

In a world of continuous social media notifications, busy deadlines and stress, has our ability to be creative been affected?

We have the world at our fingertips thanks to the development in mobile phones. We are able to contact other people instantly regardless of the locations and circumstances that may separate the speaker and the recipient. Not only this, we are continuously bombarded with emails and notifications from retailers, eateries, businesses, spammers – all trying to grab our attention and causing significant distractions.

Completing any task whether it be work, studies or a hobby, can take five times longer when your phone ‘dings’ every thirty seconds. So, how does one obtain time, with no interruptions, to indulge in their creativity? One, rather simple, answer is turn off said phone. However, that is not always possible or desired. And even then, there are other devices in the vicinity that like to go ‘ding’ too. Ultimately, it depends on the individual. Often you can become so involved and so excited with your creativity that all distractions fade into the background as you have a solid focus. Other times, if the task feels like more of a chore than of enjoyment, distraction is somewhat inevitable.

As annoying as a phone may be, the ability to access the world has some benefits to creativity. There are countless YouTube video tutorials on pretty much every form of creativity going. Be it literature, sewing, music, singing, dancing, painting you can teach yourself pretty much anything. Stuck for inspiration? Writer’s block? Well there’s another million and one videos for that too. And look at all the artists on Instagram, musicians on YouTube etc. There is inspiration everywhere. That’s great right? Well sort of. One question that occurs is, if it is so easy to obtain inspiration through the screen of our phones, do we obtain the same inspiration as when we go about our daily lives? Or, do we miss things because it is so much easier to search online? Once again, I think this depends very heavily on the individual and where their interests lie.

Technology isn’t going anywhere, whether it helps or not is debatable. Either way, the fast-paced world we live in has changed our accessibility to creativity, broadened the boundaries of creative influences and formed platforms on which to showcase our own creativity.

You Can Grow Alone Too, Y’know?

We’re in a world where everybody’s connecting with everybody, and this has untold benefits for the future don’t get me wrong. But, if we’re just talking, we’re not (for the most part) listening, watching, reading, observing etc etc..

When we talk we grow: our language can expand, unexpected moments occur, being social is almost as important as the next meal. Yet, it doesn’t hurt to switch off once in a while. Grab a book, watch a movie, scribble, doodle, paint, turn on the radio, find new running paths, listen to a podcast at the same time, cook a new meal, it’s a list in abundance. Getting acquainted with culture in our own time not only develops us but when we get back to talking to our friends, family, strangers in a bar, they develop too, and will probably teach you a thing or two at the same time.

Nowadays it seems increasingly insulting to be introverted, to want have time to yourself. We’re all expected to connect, to know this guy or that girl, to have an x + 1 amount of followers, it’s a never ending quest to pull all the strings together. But sometimes it is necessary to be ‘selfish’ for yourself, not to care what others are doing, and get on with whatever it is that makes you tick.

 

A reminder once again that out magazine is on sale now, we’ve just made a second batch ready to be shipped out to yours truly. Who knows, maybe buying our magazine is the perfect opportunity to grab some alone time!

           

Ginger Wine Poems – Experimental Writing

Words and Picture by Joshua Cialis

Todays article comes as part of our works in progress series. We are looking at how different poets work and how their poems develop. This article looks at Joshua Cialis’ most recent delve into Experimental Writing:

I am general a spontaneous poet. I generally write what comes to me when it comes to me; this is most often complete poems written in one sitting. My writing is often fieldwork in that most of my poems are written mostly out and about, on busses or trains, walking around town, in coffee shops, or bars. However, I tried experimental writing over the weekend while stuck at home. I had been with some friends drinking Ginger Wine and decided to go home and continue my night at my notebooks.
I tried lots of different experiments to generate poems; each of these poems will be left unedited, and therefore, in their purest form.

These experiments took the form of listening to poetry performances [I used the Beats live at the Albert Hall] very quietly against the amplified sounds of the city. Or watching videos of swirling starlings. These poems also took form simply from reading a book by lamplight or by studying the shape of a Ginger Wine bottle. The poems in this forming collection demonstrate a sense of forced spontaneity and its ok to sometimes explore the unfamiliar or to experiment with the familiar. I will share some of the poems from this collection at a later date.

Writing Resolutions

Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is usually the time that a lot of us choose to make changes to our life. Whether our resolution is to get fit or stop drinking alcohol or to make some other grand change. Just a little change could make all the difference though. Choosing to write just a short poem or short story could be step towards a year of happiness and clear mindedness.

It has been proven that writing just a little a day can help us to understand what it is that we’re thinking and that this little poem or story is actually a little nugget of our mind that we have written down and now can potentially understand a little better. It has also been proven that writing can help us to relax – and who doesn’t need that in their life.
For those trying to find themselves in 2018 poetry can also be a way that allows you to understand and forge the identity that you want, writing also helps for you to share that identity if you want to show your poetry with someone.

So maybe this is your year to become the next Yeats, Kaur, Ginsberg, just add your name to the list. Make writing your resolution and send us some work to get it published.