Clayton’s indicia has several issues out now. I admit that I’m a bit insecure about listing him as the primary editor, so I will note that he does collaborate with several other highly talented individuals. indicia periodically updates its submissions page. For those who have desire to have their poetry published and feel they meet the theme selected, it would be a good idea to check the website. A simple Google search would anyone find it or check out the link below.
I selected “when a person lives in a spider’s nest” by David Diaz to review from Vol. 2.1 of indicia because I really enjoy its erratic and disjointed way of conveying meaning. It is not only a visually impactful poem, in the sense that it utilizes the full page as a word canvas, but also weaves its meaning back and forth, back and forth. It’s almost as if the reader falls into the web and awaits the spider’s bite by the end. It’s also mildly grotesque and creepy to read. I kept visualizing spiders crawling all over me when I first read it. After actually having a spider mite infestation in my bedroom not too long ago, I can say that it is really, really difficult to live in that kind of environment. Oddly enough, I picked up on the idea that the adult female in the first paragraph would definitely be mildly envious of the little boy up on the tree because he seems utterly impervious to them. Or, is it just that ignorance is bliss? And, how old must that tree be to host such a disturbing amount of spiders? The poem tree seems to stretch its branches out to the sky in the little boy’s mind as a symbolic statement of resilience. If you feel like reading the end, check out the rest of it online. Again, follow the link below.
Clayton, Marcus. indicia, a journal curating literary arts, Online.
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