Co-edited by Joel Sherman and ??? April 2013 23 pages, stapled
I asked Joel Sherman to send me a copy of "Compound Sentences" after hearing him read in St. Louis last month. It's a half-sized zine comprised of reader submissions (the note on the inside cover encourages submissions to be given directly to the bartender at R Bar on Royal Street) including fiction, poetry, and a variety of artifacts. When I say artifacts, what I mean are stories told through some kind of strict formal concept—in this case, a letter from a principal to his students following a raucous school dance; a letter from a coach to a weirdo student athlete parent; and a series of communications between a new teacher and a principal about a cringe-worthy Underground Railroad assignment. Oh, and my favorite piece in the zine (particularly because I'll be flying this weekend): an airplane armrest resolution contract to be signed by both seatmates. There are illustrations interspersed throughout the text and author names that seem suspiciously fictional (but, who am I to say?). What I like about this strange and slightly goofy zine is that I can't find anything about it online. There are no editors listed in the zine, and no contact information (website, social media, etc) included except for an email address for submissions if you're not willing to go to the bar. I kind of like how ephemeral it feels, like something I would just pick up from a bench in a library or dentist's office or something, enjoy, and leave behind for the next person to encounter.