Pop Serial is an online literary publication featuring photography, poems, and prose from writers across the states. Literary magazines are not on the forefront of, well, anyone’s mind, unless they’re writers of course, which is why I find Pop Serial in particular to be so important.
The 70′s inspired a generation to create DIY, small press publications, especially on the West Coast (hello, City Lights), that shifted social agency. Poets had easier time submitting to publications, and readers gained easier access to poetry. Not just your traditional iambic pentameter line either, readers enjoyed experimental poetry, prose poetry, and of course, some good ‘ol free verse. From a semi-outsider, it’s hard to tell where the literary community is going. Since the 80′s, it has been loosely recorded; we probably won’t know who the canonical writers of this generation are until 100 years from now. But it is this exact reason as to why we should read and examine publications like Pop Serial. Online publications allow for easier access to both writers and readers and seem to be the way of the future for those who are lexiconically-inclined or bored but take the time to read funny things online (Urban Dictionary told me ‘lexiconically’ is a word, I’ll take it).
Pop Serial combines the ‘quirkiness’ of my interweb-obsessed generation with writers who are well on their way to perfecting their craft (I say this because writers, like wine, get better with age, [and therefore, more drunk]) and partaking in a movement that will, and has, changed the game for writers and publishers.
Visit PopSerial.Net and get your eyes all over issues 1 and 2, they’re free!
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