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Shipping Manifesto: The Zeppelin Attack Dirigible Sessions now on-line at Joyland Magazine
By Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo-Santillano
THE ELEVATED VIEW AFFORDED FROM HEIGHTS OFFERED BY BALLOON TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE ARE EXCITING. IMAGINE SEEING THE DRIFT OF EastLA LIKE YOU HEAR PIECES OF MUSIC DRIFTING IN FROM HOUSES SUNDAY MORNING, EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRACKING OPEN CODES OF VISUAL INTERFERENCE.
Should we say our names out loud? For the record?
Just transcribe it, we’ll sort out who was who later.
Or we won’t.
Selected by the CBC as part of the Top 100 of 2008, Joyland has been called “the go-to spot for readers seeking the best voices in short fiction.”
In an article on the state of literary magazines, Quill and Quire proclaimed, “A savvy, sleek publication, devoted entirely to new short fiction. Joyland boasts editors in several major North American cities, and has published marquee names such as Jonathan Lethem and Lydia Millet … The future of literary magazines is already here.”
Meanwhile, Montreal’s Hour writes, “Joyland is an innovative, online publication devoted to new fiction,” and Time Out Chicago has called Joyland “a lovely literary site that has a preoccupation with location… We certainly like the idea of towns self-identifying by virtue of their hometown authors. And so far, the work speaks for itself.”
Joyland is dedicated to finding a new way to publish short fiction. We’ve chosen several editors to select and post stories by authors in a given locale. We think this is both simple and full of possibilities for authors and fans of short stories to discover work they normally wouldn’t.
Joyland was created by Emily Schultz and Brian Joseph Davis, and developed by Bill Kennedy of Stop 14 Media.
Looking for my shoes, I’m walking.
All I had all morning was a handful of Calif. almonds, banana from Peru.
200 or so people, mostly young Chinese women, cut, stitched, glued, and shipped my shoes to America. Where are they?
I need coffee.
Fill coffeemaker for several cups, usually drink a couple.
“Organic, fair trade,” my black coffee originated in the Ethiopian highlands, passed through how many hands, how many hungry eyes, so I can knock the old grinds out in the trash?
And sit with my cup?
Substantial handsome ceramic mug that Umeko brought off a tugboat in Alaska.
In that black coffee, trucks and roads, warehouse and men, buyers and offices, ships and oceans.
But which shirt today?
Cloudy, sprinkling—socks, T-shirts tumbling in the dryer.
Natural gas, heat from where exactly?
Where did that fire start, in what electric wire where?
San Onofre nuclear power plant?
The cotton in the socks and T-shirt, from what hot countries?
(Imprinted with the block print by Artemio Rodriguez, who since returned to Michoacan.)
This sweater made in China, too.
T-shirt assembled in Haiti, down by the water in Port-au-Prince?
We’ll never know how many touch our lives, or whom we owe.
Sadly, we know that she pleaded for her life.
Sadly, we know that Brisenia Flores pleaded, “please don’t kill me,” before she was shot in the face.
Sadly, the rain this evening blows through the leaves and spines of the _______________________________________________________.
The flock of parrots sound just as raucous and just as happy in the rain.
The streetlights of Alhambra float up in milky electric mist.
Sadly, I was driving through the afternoon of the rainy city.
My daughter called in the morning, saying it was sunny and in the low forties now for days in SE Alaska.
They fixed the pipes from the tank that collects rain water; they had water in the house again.
Sadly, one bedraggled crow on Main Street under a ficus.
Sadly, it is 6 PM in the evening.
Sadly, it is ________________________________________________ .
Sadly, I might weep, go weep again.
Sadly, my daughters will never meet or know her.
Sadly, we will never meet or know ___________________________ .
Sadly, I will never look up and see _________________________ .
In a wonderful, perfect rain.
The avant garde poets, those academic experimentalist poets, most of them white, would rather you not use the word here motherfucker.
Or if so, you have to spell it muthafuakkbbrR.
They would much rather see this ______________________________ .
And on the stereo, playing ___________________________________ .
Sadly, this use of repetition shall not be construed as poetic by those well-fed motherfuckers.
Sadly, the ___________________________ absorbs the evening in the sound of falling rain.
Wonderful, a perfect rain on Los Angeles.
East Los Angeles Dirigible Transport Lines Complaint Form 1A
Did you enjoy your journey with East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Systems?
B_______What have those earthbound stevedores incidentally not in our employ done now?
If you answered yes to the above question, return to the rear of the queue; if you checked B, please proceed with the form as if you have never hired a lawyer.
Please check the appropriate complaint:
1. __________Overly rapid ascent.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: Stevedore mishandling of copra apparatus. Equilibrate. Check temperature on fifth subsequent day. Call appropriate ministry or labor union. Ask for Steve.
2. _________Looked out the window and hit in the face by a chihuahua.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: Please keep head and limbs inside airship at all times for safety. Your safety is something we consider a priority.
3. ________Lost luggage.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: It’s most likely at the West Covina Amtrack station, where an old dude tells passengers that they are in Claremont. Proceed to your destination and we will call you to pick up your luggage. When we call you to pick up your luggage you will have no longer than five hours, at which point the stevedores have the pick of the lot.
4. _______Lost chihuahua.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: See #2 above.
_______Conductor requested your ticket and you do not wish to pay, because you are with your “friends.”
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: Exit at next station yelling curses and trying to look defiant, yet sharp, as you walk across the parking lot trailed by “friends.”
_______Your basic questions remain unanswered.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: For $50, today only, the Alhambra Photomart booth psychic Mrs Lin (who is not Asian, by the way) is on hand to answer all questions. The basic ones. Love, money, business, dreams. Step forward into the redesignated maintenance room. “There is an ATM in the 7-11,” Mrs Lin sometimes says.
______General complaints, not just about your flight, but about everything.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: List them here _______________________.
Mail this form to ELADATL Service Complaint Division c/o Mrs. Lin Psychic Shop 1100 W Commonwealth Ave Alhambra, CA 91803
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: Specify _____________________________.
______Vague existential angst.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding: Purchase one year pass good on flights on all routes, $298 this week only. Call 1-800 DIRGIBL.
_______You get off at the end of the line and it is on the Croatian coast.
Explanation and suggested further proceeding. Stevedores adopted your chihuahua, nullifying the basic facts of your ticket. Be more physical, go for the throat, go for the goat, they have a lot of goats there, be all that a goat can be, eat tin, horns available at any trafika. By no means share your passport with that old lady at the Rijeka train station with hands like raven claws.
—Rick Harsch, Pres. Union of Wisconsin Stevedores, Slovenia
Menu for Dirigible flights longer than 30 minutes served from 11:30am - 1pm Every Day a la carte Mexican Hot Dogs 2.00 Farmer John weenie wrapped in flour tortilla with mayonnaise Pink Macaroni and Cheese 1.50 Elbow macaroni cooked in tomato sauce sprinkled with cheese (available wet or dry) Sanavagan 1.50 Eggs scrambled with cut up Farmer John brand weenies Crinkle Cut French Fries .50 side of cream cheese Full Lunch all lunch is served with miso soup and cottage cheese Chicken sandwich 4.00 shredded chicken with diced green onions in mayonnaise on crust-free white bread Phillipe French Dip 4.00 roast beef sandwich on a bed of sawdust Pico Salad 16.00 Wedge of iceburg lettuce with shredded green papaya and sliced beet- pickled eggs. Shrimp/chile de arbol dressing Beverages Soda .75 Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Coca-Cola Jarritos Tamarindo Eastern Hill Mineral Water Aguas Frescas .85 available daily, please inquire for our flavor of the day Coffee All of our coffee beverages are made with Verdugo Hills Coffee Bean Company Shade Grown Dark Roast beans Cafe con Che .35 Espresso shot heavy with cinnamon, no sugar Coffee .25 After Lunch (please enjoy in the observation deck) Herbal smoking mix cigarette .75 relaxing mix of psylocibe, tobacco and locally grown roses and squash blossoms ELADATL kitchen crew does it for you!