Red Fez: artist-run organization publishing and promoting art & literature online since you were in kiddie pants, or 2003 – whichever came first. Red Fez releases their 92nd issue featuring articles, films, fiction, columns, art, and poetry. I’m quite enamored with this issue because it’s like a spread of fruits, cheeses, and appetizers one would find at a soirée. Particularly, one celebrating art and literature of our digital world.
Beginning with the food of the matter and recipes, Lori Gomez has an Easy Recipe for Summertime Blues which includes a recipe full of summertime misery and the delicious part: enchiladas. With key ingredients such as a precooked chicken, tortillas, salsa roja, and cheese one can reflect upon their summer with Gomez and be substantially fed. Who doesn’t love enchiladas?
It’s always hard for me to read through fiction in any magazine because sometimes I find that it’s not long enough. I always sit there hoping the author has a novel stewing. And that I will be very fortunate to read it in the future. I’m really drawn to Joshn Koehn’s story “Quadrata.” The allure to a story like “Quadrata” is not the story itself of the character. But, of the story it portrays of the times, of the people surrounding her, and most importantly the life unthought of question: what happens to slaves in the afterlife? In a more general sense, what happens to all of us in the afterlife?
Refresh your palette with some wine before delving into the poetry. Break up poems can sometimes fall into a hilarious category or a heartbreaking rendition of loss and despair. But Robert Joe Stout negates those categories in the same manner that an e-mail in regards to a breakup loses all sensibility.
The best part about this issue though, hands down, is the audio and film features. Though primarily viewed on platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo, and Vine, multimedia content is slowly integrating itself into the literary magazine. Or in this case, full fledged and celebrated in Red Fez. It’s a good thing that Red Fez is a seasoned magazine, because I don’t believe I would have enjoyed such a great issue in my kiddie pants. Regardless of age, always a great experience.
Sopphey Vance the poet, yarn artist, and legend resides in South Texas where he battles dragons and unicorns for Five 2 One Magazine.