3:AM Magazine

3:AM Magazine is an online journal of radical literature and philosophy. Featuring literary criticism.’Whatever it is, we’re against it. Since 2000.’

Submissions: All writers should  contact a relevant editor according to the subject fields listed on their contacts page — one query per piece per editor, please! – contact details at https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/submissions/

Co-Editor-In-Chief: Andrew GallixEditors: Josephine Schreiber (criticism and non-fiction), SJ Fowler (poetry), Sylvia Warren, Isabella Streffen (contributing)

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Manorism

Yomi Ṣode. Penguin. (128p) ISBN 9780141998572

Manorism

Manorism

I was sent this out of the blue by some lovely marketer at Penguin Books and thank you whoever that marketer was as I loved this collection of poetry/works by Yomi Ṣodi.

As always I’m always in awe of poets and writers who bare all to the public in their work, but this is an especially personal journey through the life of a young black man in London and the death of an important matriarch and the emotions that erupt from both of these circumstances.

Initially I found this difficult due to some of writing being Yoruba, but after exploring the nuance of the words I didn’t know and getting a better idea of the contextual use of some of the phrases and how adaptable they were, I found the rhythm and heart of the writing stunning.

Entwining chapters about the violence that Caravaggio consistently displayed and got away with, and the violence expressed against black bodies that is constantly got away with, exploring different cultures and diasporas, different generations, white expectations of black bodies, behaviours men are meant to display and what men still feel under all the braggadocio.

Stunning writing full of passion and anger, an awe inspiring exploration of self and culture that shines the light on places we don’t always want to explore.


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The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter. Faber & Faber. (80p) ISBN 9780571370702

The Death of Francis Bacon

The Death of Francis Bacon

That was a difficult read, with all the energy and style of a Francis Bacon painting, words often hard words being used to explore the dying mind of the artist.

Poetry, prose, and everything in between playing with mood, energy, lighting, history, emotion, and death.

Max Porter as always finds ways to express exactly what he wants to put across whether or not you’re ready to read it.

A visceral exploration of Francis Bacon’s dying moments explored through playful and combative language, this has a passion that seems to go beyond what was brought to play in ‘Lanny’ and ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’, both of which I felt were some of the best writing I’e ever read.

But in going beyond seems to have lost some of the more reflective parts of Max’s writing, due to the brevity of the piece this feels far more immediate. Though the immediacy of the writing gives it a desperate pace as though of one dying and fading.

As always I really enjoyed this work from Max Porter and can’t wait for more.


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Samantha Terrell – Q&A

Samantha Terrell

Samantha Terrell

Samantha L. Terrell, author of Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter’s Grove Press); the chapbook Keeping Afloat (JC STUDIO Press); and, most recently, Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate, is an internationally published American poet whose books have received 5-star reviews on various platforms. Her poetry, which emphasizes self-awareness as a means to social awareness, has appeared in dozens of in-print and online publications. In 2021, she received First Honorable Mention in the “Anita McAndrews Poets for Human Rights Awards” organized by Poets Without Borders. Terrell’s invented form – the poetic Trinitas – is featured in her forthcoming book, Things Worth Repeating? (Summer 2022). She and her family reside in upstate New York.

Website: http://www.samanthaterrell.com/
Twitter: @honestypoetry

What is your biggest motivator?

I entered the poetry world from a different place than some, as I’m not formally educated in Literature. In college, I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology, and had a former career in human services. All this is to say, I’ve always had a passion for social issues, and the biggest “motivator” behind my writing is probably my desire to help detangle social and emotional complexities. I like to say my poetry emphasizes self-awareness as a means to social awareness.


How many publishers turned you down?

The simple answer is, I don’t know. I began submitting my work for publication in journals, chapbooks, lit mags, etc. when we were still sending off paper submissions. It was very tedious and not at all rewarding. The internet has greatly improved the process, and through the years, I have, happily, become widely published. Still, as writers we will always be plagued with rejections! My method for dealing with them is simple…never keep track. I delete all rejections and move on.

How hard was it to get your first (debut) book (collection) published?

Early on, I made a commitment to myself not to use a vanity press. My goal was to have my first book (legitimately) published by age 40. While it seemed reasonable at the time, it proved otherwise. So, after many years of rejections and my 40th birthday come and gone, I had to reassess. I’ve never had an agent, so I was already precluded from any presses which require one, but at that point I also stopped entering paid chapbook competitions of any sort and began avoiding academic presses. I turned my focus entirely to small presses, or contests with no reading fees.

Then one day, during 2020, one of my manuscripts clicked with an indie press in Arizona (U.S.A.). At first, I couldn’t believe I had been offered a contract. I remember looking at my family and asking, is this real? I was very skeptical and kept thinking it was some kind of a scam! I can assure you, it was no scam. Publishing with Potter’s Grove Press was a positive experience, and the EIC, River Dixon, was very nice to work with. Holding my debut collection in my hands was a dream come true!

What can you tell us about your next book?

Well first, I should say I’ve had two books come out since my debut. My chapbook Keeping Afloat was published Fall 2021, by the lovely Jane Cornwell of JC STUDIO Press in Glasgow. And, I have recently self-published my second full collection Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate.

However, my NEXT book is an exciting new adventure for me! The title of my book is Things Worth Repeating? For this book, I’ve used an invented form which I’m calling a poetic Trinitas (meaning “three in one”). You can read all about the poetic Triniatas, as well as an advance review of my book, on my website: http://www.samanthaterrell.com/poetictrinitas.html


What will always distract you?

As a wife and mom of two amazing kids (everyone who has kids says they are amazing, but mine really are…wink-wink, haha!!), I will always happily oblige the “distraction” which is family – including extended family needs at times. As writers, probably one of the most important pieces of success is to learn to prioritize. Distractions are inevitable, so you have to learn what works for you!


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