No. 14, Third Eye Broadcast's Surface, is a collaborative moonscape, a tidal cartographic collage made of ink, pulp, type, found text, daydreams, nighthearts, skywaters, and streetlamps. Looking at the pages of Surface is like looking out of your childhood bedroom window. “There is the moon, there are my dreams, here are my hands...” The members of Third Eye Broadcast — visual artist Kari Treadwell and author Nick Hranilovich — have met somewhere between the fabled Petit Prince and the filmic City of Lost Children. Here is joy like a jewel, sopping with space. Here is a little sadness, to help you remember... Christopher Seelie puts it beautifully:
“Surface is a diaphanous ode, a palimpsest on a Rorschach test, a central operating crystal. Clever and ambiguous, these poems would kick a lady in the rear — but only in extreme anger. Sometimes we are close, so close, to hear what’s said, sotto voce, between Treadwell and Hranilovich; sometimes Surface opens up a mute landscape. Surrender for a time to blithe naiveté, then give way to knowledge. Pierrot-like, try for a point of balance on this ever-shifting plane; or, as Arnold Schoenberg said, ‘If they were musical, not a single one would give a damn about the words. Instead, they would go away whistling the tunes.'"
Indigo Deany combined portraits of Kari and Nick to make this issue's heartrending cover. The original artifacts created by Third Eye Broadcast will go on monthlong display at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café on July 1st!
Yours in the wide open waltz of Summer,
- Joseph Braun