Coming Very Soon…

Cover art by Jessica Powell

It’s that time of year again: Foxtrot Uniform: 004 will be available from April 1st – only a few days away!

We have just finished going through the submission pile (which was full of amazing work) and are, as we post this, piecing together the final few touches. We were amazed by the quality and diversity sent to us, and we can only thank the creative community for being so very vibrant. We have poetry, we have prose, we even have a couple of collages for you to admire!

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the process, and we hope the words keep spreading!

Reece’s Pieces: My Relationship with Surrealism

Words by Reece David Merrifield; acknowledgments to David Morris’ ‘The Lives of the Surrealists’

When I had to come up with a research topic in my second year, it was only ever going to be related to surréalisme. I embarked on an ‘art translation’ project inspired by Brauner, Tanguy, Miró, Magritte etc etc etc., and the week itself, all alone on the hottest week in July, only added a surreal edge to proceedings. This piece however, is not a reflection on that time, but why I reserve such interest in Surrealism.

            For me, it is the adult’s excuse not only to escape reality, but also to question it too. Why must a watch never droop? Why can’t a businessman have an apple for a face? These are probably the most famous examples, but the point still stands. We need these points, not a forward-straight path of reality, to enjoy ourselves. Surrealism embodies a resistance to established norms in flamboyant fashion. It isn’t (or at least I don’t think it should be) violent or dismissive, but playful and emotive. Max Ernst put it succinctly when he said ‘I believe the best thing to do is to have one eye closed and to look inside, and this is the inner eye. With the other eye, you have it fixed on reality, what is going on around the world’. You must observe your surroundings, but not let it fully dictate your relationship with it too. Surrealism to me is ironically a constant act of balance, a businessman on a tightrope.

            I enjoy incorporating surrealistic elements into my own work (and usually persist even if others don’t understand). I also enjoy work that, although not directly related to the movement, contains surrealistic tendencies, like Magic Realism or (up for debate) science fiction. It is away from what I already know or am expected to know and is subsequently all the more interesting because of it.

            In preparation of this article I have been reading Desmond Morris’ ‘The Lives of the Surrealists’. I am in equal measures astonished and fascinated finding out about the characters beyond their paintings and writings. Dalí is a well-documented case: not only did he fantasise about Hitler, he also supported Franco’s reign in Spain, only to flip-flop between these beliefs when the Second World War was beginning and, after Franco’s death, ‘transferred his allegiance to the Spanish royal family’. He also carried the largest ego within the movement, and after a while a person like that can become, in my mind, over-indulgent and sickly. It was also a shock to find that Breton, the proclaimed founder of the movement, was misogynistic and homophobic, and was often seen by the inner circle of Surrealists as dictatorial (and to their credit a lot of them brought up this point, only to be expelled or angrily dismissed). It is difficult to accept that these people held such beliefs or actions, but they must be put aside as individual characteristics, and allow Surrealism as an ideal to prevail. I relate much more to Miró, a ‘figure […] of small stature and immaculately dressed in an a quietly elegant suit’. He seemed, as Morris supposed, someone who put so much into their work that that was enough creativity without further causing or spilling havoc around him. If there were to be a neo-surrealistic movement, it would need its celebrities, but also many more Mirós.

            I think that I will always hold Surrealism in high regard and defend it to the hilt. I enjoy the inhibition it allows, the games you can play, the vividness it creates. On my travels, coming upon art galleries, I always hope to find art that is surreal, regardless of its owner’s artistic motivation or association. Long may that continue.

National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day in the UK. It is all about sharing the beauty and passion of poetry.

Why don’t you celebrate by ordering a copy of our latest issue of Foxtrot Uniform. The magazine is jam packed with new and exciting poetry by poets from around the world.

The theme of this year’s Poetry Day is Change. Therefore we are bringing out a special Pamphlet by Joshua Cialis called Brexfast: Waking Up to a New UK. It explores the changing landscape of British culture and what the future might look like. Order today for a special price of £3.50.

To order either Foxtrot Uniform: 003, or Brexfast email foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com

Happy National Poetry Day!

Coming Up…

Well its September again, the days are slowly getting shorter, and the morning mists are getting more impressive. September is looking like a busy month in the Foxtrot Uniform calendar. Here’s a look at the exciting dates coming up:

Firstly: On the 15th September submissions for 003 will close. So keep sending us your poetry, prose and art until then. A list of accepted pieces will be posted within the week after this closure.

17th September: Our Editor, Joshua Cialis, will be taking part in Margate festival’s Micro-Residencies programme. He will be observing the goings-on of the town from the BottleShop on Margate Highstreet between 12 and 5pm. Pop along and say hello, you might even be included in a poem.

22nd September: Poetry on the Sand Open Mic Night, as part of The Margate Festival, Joshua will be hosting a poetry open mic night on Margate Beach (Nayland Rock Shelter if the weather is wet). Come along at 5pm and share your poetry, or simply listen to some poetic genius in the space that inspired poets and artists such as T. S. Eliot and J. M. W. Turner.

Mid-October: Issue 003 will be on your shelves. We’re looking forward to being able to share some of the great poetry, prose and art that has been sent into us over the last few months. Pre-Order your copy by emailing: foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com

 

If you have any events that you would like to share with us send them to foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com. Similarly get in touch if you have got a new book out; we are looking to do a few reviews of new poetry books.

Publishing opportunity

This is just a reminder that if you would like to be considered for publication in the next issue of Foxtrot Uniform, you need to send us an email with some work. We are accepting poetry, prose and art.

We are looking for new and exciting ideas, forms and images for publication in our upcoming print magazine. We want to see your work!!

If you’d like your creativity published send it to us in the next 3 weeks. The email address is foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com

Send us your Work

Hello Reader,

Did you know that we are open for submissions of poetry, prose and art. If selected your work will be published in 003 of Foxtrot Uniform. We want to see your new poems, short stories, essays, collages, sketches, or anything else you might’ve done. Foxtrot Uniform is a free space to express yourself. Our magazine is your magazine.

We already have some amazing submissions but we think there’s more to see! If you would like to have your work published, email foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com and attach up to 5 pieces in a word document, along with your name and address. Every person that is published will receive a free copy of the magazine and their work will be immortalised in print alongside some other great creatives.

So what do we like to see?

Foxtrot Uniform is a free space for creatives to share their work. We like to see the unseen, the form bending, the formless, the political, the surreal, the beautiful, and the ugly; if your work is different and new we will probably like it…

So what are you waiting for, email us some poetry, prose, or art…

 

Foxtrot Uniform: 002

The magazine is at the printers and will be published and sent out on 17th May. Anyone who has pre-ordered a copy should receive their copy by the 19th.

If you would like to pre-order a copy the price is £2 and all you have to do is email us; we will then send you a secure link for payment. Postage is free for UK residents. However, overseas postage will have to be sent alongside the original price. seeing that we believe everyone should have the opportunity to access great writing, we have tried to keep the price down as much as possible for the sake of accessibility. Your £2 covers printing costs and postage.

We hope you will enjoy the issue and keep ordering copies…

A look Inside 002

Hello poetry readers! This post is devoted to 002 of Foxtrot Uniform, we’ll unveil the cover art and show you the poetry, prose, and art being published in 002.

First things first, we’ve been working with a great young artist for our cover of 002. The art is a woodblock print produced and created by Isabel Duffy. You can see some of her other works on Instagram @isabelva.art.

To pre-order a copy of the magazine email us…

Ok so here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for, the list of published works:

Poetry

Blu Maximo, ‘Artists’
Daniel de Culla, ‘Snorting Poetry’
DS. Maolalai, ‘The Girl in the Café’
DS. Maolalai, ‘The Trouble Publishing Poems’
Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, ‘Abandonment’
Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, ‘Mayakovskay Metro Station’
Gareth Hughes, ‘Marlon Brando’
Gareth Hughes, ‘The Moth’
Gilsenan, ‘Sixth Time Around’
Grace Rennison, ‘Beauty according to Byron’
Grant Tabard, ‘Soft Underbelly’
Grant Tabard, ‘To Be Cohabitants’
Holly Royle, ‘Our Species Greed’
Holly Royle, ‘The Unknown’
Jack Houston, ‘The not sure and the why’
Joshua Cialis, ‘Midnight in Suburbia’
Joshua Cialis, ‘Underpass of exit 3, Westminster Station’
Len Carber, ‘The Old Tracks’
Luke Scarisbrick, ‘Ian didn’t like my Rock Song’
Luke Scarisbrick, ‘Records for Liam’
Michelle Parkinson, ‘Bildungsroman’
Omar Ferro, ‘Are You Present’
Paul Fahey, ‘1313 Virgil Tracey Towers’
Poppy Harris, ‘We Sat on the Beach Listening’
Reece Merrifield, ‘2/3’
Reece Merrifield, ‘Compromise’
Rehan Qayoom: ‘A Poem of Maturity’
Sean McDonagh, ‘Notes from a Dream Sequence’
Sean McDonagh, ‘Sun’
Yohann Okyemba Ngassaki, ‘Cheat’
Gregory Santo Arena, ‘Hallo my little militant’
Gregory Santo Arena ‘I cry in bed at night’

Prose

Edward Little, ‘Mount Haku’
Rosie Saxon, ‘The Lady on the Roof’
Rosie Saxon, ‘The Noise in the Night’

Art

Daniel de Culla, Collage
Matthew Kay, ‘Beyond this Place’
Matthew Kay, ‘On Thursday’
Peter Campbell Saunders, ‘Café’
Peter Campbell Saunders, ‘In the Snug’
Ruhi Cialis, ‘Danger’

What’s in My Bag? – III

Words and Picture by Reece David Merrifield

Ever since I’ve been able to, I’ve always been looking to travel, explore and experience as much as I can. The bag pictured above has probably been with me for the past 6 years, holding countless amounts of items, broken and being fixed enough times now to consider it having its own little life.

Mainly however, you will usually find a book (or two), pen and notebook, along with a scarf (never particularly confident about the British weather) and maybe the odd train ticket, which I have been collecting over the past 6 years as a documentation of travel. Sometimes I even take the bag in its empty state, which people have questioned multiple times, but I’ve always felt it necessary to have it with me, because you can never predict what you may pick up during the day.

Currently, as most people are probably aware, I’m living in Sweden and that required a bag a tad bigger than my little rucksack. It has proved to be invaluable on my travels so far; from London to Copenhagen to Gothenburg via coach; and Trollhättan to Stockholm to the higher climes of Finnish and Swedish Lapland and one of the Norwegian Fjords. Even then though, my little bag has followed me from within that bag as well, holding my books and pen, ever dependable and much more portable, what a supermarket would call a ‘bag for life’.

It may seem that I’m sentimental, or that I’ve never purchased other bags in the last 6 years, because admittedly the poor bag is a wreck. However, no bag has lasted longer than this one, and until it fully dies will I dig into my pockets and invest in something similar (before you ask, a funeral is not on the cards at this point).

We hope you have enjoyed the series and appreciate how we view a bag as quite an important instrument to support our creativity. And remember to keep submitting your work, we are forever looking forward to the next print of the magazine!