Dear Eyedrum Periodically Readers,
Thank you for returning to the magazine’s website to explore Issue 10, Lyric. If this is your first time here, welcome!
The artists who have contributed their work for this publication explore the theme, Lyric, in ways that are transformative, encouraging us to think about language in new ways.
Not surprisingly, Lyric is suffused with poetry, beginning with a film, a visual poem, Caruso at the Krog, created by historian and comedian Brian Bannon. In crime-fiction writer Julian Cage’s story, “Chorus Verse Chorus,” choral music is both plot element and metaphor. Musicians Kevin McFoy Dunn and Richard Gess challenge us to hear genuine lyric – poems set to music, but presented without sound. There are accomplished offerings from poets Howie Good, Madeleine St. Romain, Justin Barisich and Bryant O’Hara, among several others, for which sound itself is thematic. And Monica Busch’s essay-memoir “Purgatory” explores the apathy and unconscious nihilism of contemporary rural American teenagers with a lyricism that belies the seeming pointlessness of their lives, and thereby argues against, with sound as a repeated supporting element, a generational sense of emptiness.
The Kenan Archive at Atlanta History Center has been most generous in allowing us to publish a documentary photo from their archives, “Enrico Caruso and Helen Kelller.” The image records the occasion of Caruso’s visit to Atlanta for a series of sold-out performances, and the engagement of local figure, Keller, with the vibrations emerging from the tenor’s mouth as he sings an aria from the opera, Pagliacci.
As ever, my own role in working directly with these distinguished artists and institution representatives has been a joyful and an instructive one. The best of that experience is here.
Please enjoy the issue!
Miriam C. Jacobs