Brazenly seductive, new online journal Verity La has been wooing us all with forward-thinking stories and poems by many of my favourite contemporary poets and authors here in Australia. Taking the time to get to know these literary cats is where Verity La really puts its ear to the virtual soil.
Co-editor Alec Patric is so punk rock he contumeliously published my dusty hinterland villanelle narrative Gather Darkness! and play your songs of heartache.
In Associations, Patric gets to the bottom of translating, filtering and decoding communication, so he only lets me answer his questions with quotes from others.
Using a quote from your favourite poet, tell me the secret to your soul.
the boy’s soul
makes its own little sun
a big drop in the ocean
hope is a transparent mirror
— Amber Fresh, excerpted from It’s the same thing again
Strange enough without shadows.
— Amanda Joy, Vasilissa’s Doll