The Fall of Convention #1/ $1 / 5.25 by 7 / 12 Pages / firstname.lastname@example.org / 2020 Nicollet Ave. So. #227, Minneapolis, MN 55404 /Â
This was the other piece of material that I received from Gerald at AMC 2003, and this is even less substantive than Afunctional #1. This does not mean it is bad, just really short on content. With this issue, which seems to point to being a compilation of works from a few different other collections, Gerald gives us some poetry alongside some of eirâ€™s works. The five works are all very geometric, and remind me of Kandinsky more than anything. The only problem that I can really notice with the reproduction of these pieces is that they seem to be a little grainy, possibly an issue of a slightly older printer. Beside the pieces of art, there are also some short poetry, sometimes with a rhyme scheme, sometimes really free-form. The only thing connecting the â€œFive Unstable Poemsâ€ are the numbers that Gerald assigns to them , and the stream-of-consciousness bent to them. â€œThe Fall of Conventionâ€, the poem that leads off the collection, is much more of a traditional poem, with Gerald giving each stanza a specific rhyme, and running with it for four lines. Gerald likens convention to a tree, and the tree converting its roots into leaves â€“ convention turned inside-out, or upside-down in this case. We are left with a very confused narrator at the end of the poem, who asks â€œNow what the fuck are we supposed to do.â€ There is very little in the way of substance in this magazine, but there are some heavy philosophical ideas in the minor amount of content that is provided the reader.