This issue of Underground Screams is completely focused on poetry. I suspect that this is not because US is a poetry â€˜zine, but rather this is all that Eli received by the deadline for the issue. I typically donâ€™t like poetry zines because they lack a certain depth, usually evidenced by the lack of any context for the words within â€“ rather, most the time they are words on a white background. Underground Screams has forced individuals to do their own footwork in getting their poetry out there; Eli has said directly that â€œMake sure that they are spaced, spelled and punctuated the way YOU want them.â€. What results is some beautiful back-drops for the poem in this issue that really reflect a desire to give the reader a little more information about the author, to explain a little why the poem was penned in the first place. Another kudos here goes to Eli eirself because of the clear reproductions of these pieces; gone are the days of too-dark backgrounds that subsume everything that someone has spent hours collaging or otherwise getting together. The most fitting piece in the entire magazine necessarily has to be â€œDronesâ€, which is as affecting visually (using an endlessly long line of clones queued up for a completely inhuman method of lunch, a nozzle (to create the â€œDroneâ€ tie from background to the prose itself. Underground Screams has solid poetry, solid backdrops, and solid printing. The price canâ€™t be beat either, so submit your poems and send some money to Eli, so that we can see what is probably the only good poetry zine out there.
Underground Screams #2 / Free (Donations Accepted) / 28S / :15 / http://www.undergroundscreams.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 17 April 2005