To Zine or Not to Zine ...

A year and a half ago, I raised the following question in an editorial letter here:

"It strikes me as somewhat interesting, on further thought, how the Internet has become a place where so many literary sites mimic the magazine/journal format of print media. To be sure, many of us have added real audio, unique navigational features, animated logos, whatbyte, but how many of us have taken a fresh look at the workings of the Internet itself, or the way hypertext can link image and language?"

At the time I asked that question, I was eyebrow deep in the makings of a linear online magazine which has evolved to become Riding the Meridian. Working on that site gave me time to realize just how special Astro was, and how, if I didn't work to empower it to be even more of what its original vision encompassed ... I would be betraying everything the Tango Partner whispered into my ear five years ago.

I then believed, as I believe even more strongly now, that imagery is needed to walk the world of the non-linear, the intuitive, the emotive states of our awareness. Jung first postulated these theories for attribution, but they've been common knowledge for centuries, have informed everything from Paleolithic cave paintings to Sufi chants to the poetry of Blake and Rimbaud and Sexton to new forms of literature which haven't entered the pantheon of history as of yet. In a world become so very technical, where the means by which you read these words fall so far outside the ken of the hand-made -- though it is with my hands that I type them -- we need our images now. Perhaps that is why they've come back to us with such a fury.

People like Jenny Weight, Christy Sheffield Sanford and Talan Memmott are embracing this new technology to create fresh imagery. More traditional poets, like Linda Sue Park, Steve Harris, and Wendy Carlisle are using words to do the same. And these are just six of hundreds of talented people working on the Internet, changing the way we'll view literature and ourselves, forever.

What happens in this very technical place called the Internet, which so many of us call home, is not unlike the impulse that makes an astrophysicist want to tango. It was through the Internet that I got my first glimpse deep into the belt of Orion. Today, you don't have to wait for the sun to go down to find the stuff of stars to illuminate your way.

Jennifer Ley, Editor

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