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Founded in Los Angeles in Fall 2014, Angel City Review is a literary journal that is committed to bringing the cutting edge in fiction and poetry to a modern audience.

Book Review

Luna Park

by on May 30, 2017

Luna Park, by Luis Cardoza y Aragon

Translated by Anthony Seidman

Review by Kristin Kaz

 

I was four years old in kindergarten, which is when I learned how to identify coins using my fingers alone. Is this a common lesson for young capitalists? Hands thrusting into deep, dark cotton sacks, fingering the heavy ridges of a quarter, the slightness of a dime. The nickel and the penny were hardest to distinguish for a while, but I got the hang of it. Eventually.

And now I so rarely use my hands to explore the world.

I lost my way.
Where was I?
I rambled along singing!

This work, this collection, I’ll tell you first how it feels, and then how it feels.

Luna Park is a slim text, bound in cardboard and wrapped with a smooth, heavier stock. Is this recycled paper?[1] Difficult to say without my eyes, but there is something organic about it all. I drag my nails against the cover and it sounds like marbles. Like a rain drum. The pages themselves are slighter, still smooth, and they make a pud-pud-pud sort of thwacking sound against themselves as I flip swiftly through them. There is something nostalgic about the presentation. I have it. There I am, at the start of a new school year, wrapping text books in paper bags. This is the comfortable, familiar part of the process. This is what my fingers and nose can tell me about how this work feels.

This is what my eyes can tell you.

Luna Park (1924, 2016) is Luis Cardoza Y Aragón’s first collection of poetry. It is translated from the Spanish by Anthony Seidman, thrust into the thick of this decade’s hazy Twitter feed by Alan Mills, and steeped in the kinetic energy of Daniel Godínez-Nivón’s graphics.

From this critical living, restless,
A new soul has flourished:
Tender and strong,
Beautiful and sweet,
Like a flower of steel.

The beauty of a work like Luna Park is its ability to transcend time and space – or, rather, the ability to so clearly encapsulate the speed at which we hurtle through time, through space; the push-pull of experience and innocence; the jarring, grotesque specter of age that stalks us through the funfair.

The one who doesn’t reside in the future doesn’t exist.
The future started yesterday.

My third reading of Luna Park is punctuated by the metronome of relentlessly tack-tacking fingers on an ergonomic keyboard. I put the book in my back pocket (this is a book that fits in your back pocket), where I keep it while I carry my cat through the house to the kitchen, where I pace back and forth, cat slung over one shoulder, left-handedly nosing my way through the experience of Luis Cardoza Y Aragón’s poetry.

La vie s’en va…
A woman, with her gaze,
Tells me:
“Live it up”
Life shouts out
“Follow that woman”

This is not poetry to be read passively, to be enjoyed on some quiet Sunday.
This is poetry that begs to be read in motion; this is poetry that pushes you up and out.
This is poetry of exile, of transcendence, of momentum, of vitality.
This is poetry that tells you to live.
So you live.

 

Luna Park is available now through Cardboard House Press.

 

Photo of Luis Cardoza Y Aragón and Carlos Mérida in Paris, 1927 from litearturaguatemalteca.org

[1] It is recycled paper.

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Submissions for Issue 5 now open

by on January 12, 2017

Hello All, thank you for everyone who has read, submitted, and otherwise contributed to Angel City Review thus far. Over the past two years we have worked hard to build a journal that is inclusive, open, and representative of the actual community that we live in.

There is always more work to be done and we hope that everyone will help us in this process. We definitely would love more submissions from women, people of color, queer or non gender identifying individuals, writers with disabilities, and everyone in between.

We want writing that delves into the depths and gets extremely personal. Work that pushes boundaries or tries something interesting and new.

While we are primarily focused on writers in the Los Angeles County and surrounding regions, we publish work from writers across the west coast of the United States.

We accept poetry, fiction, non-fiction works.

Submissions can be sent to submissions @ angelcityreview.com  and will close April 30th- Please check submission guidelines for more info.

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Entropy’s Best of 2016 list

by on December 6, 2016

We are excited to share that Entropy has listed us on their best journals and presses list of 2016. It is an honor to be included with such amazing company. We hope to continue to do more of the same work in the foreseeable future. Thank you to everyone who has been around for the ride so far. Check out the list below.

 

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Issues

Issue Three

by on July 1, 2016

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Issue 3 is now available.

Featuring the work of:

  • Frank Mundo
  • Janice Lee
  • Michael du Plessis
  • Emily Fernandez
  • Nelson Alburquenque
  • James Cushing
  • Alyssa Crow
  • Oktavi Allison
  • Mike (the poet) Sonksen
  • Marcus Clayton
  • Sarah Thursday
  • Luivette Resto
  • AJ Urquidi
  • Kirk Sever
  • Jesse Bliss
  • Maja Trochimczyk
  • Rebecca Gonzales
  • Hugo Cesar Garcia
  • Saba Waheed
  • Marie Scampini
  • Christian Cardenas
  • Julia Ingalls
  • Nicelle Davis

Art by Benjamin Harmon

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Issue 3

by on June 3, 2016

Issue three will be released on July 8th 2016. We will also be having a release reading on this date. Information will be announced shortly.

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Issue 2 Now Available and Other News

by on December 29, 2015

Hello everyone out there on the interwebs. Issue 2 of Angel City Review is now available for your consumption. As always it is free, but if you enjoy the issue and so choose you can donate funds via paypal through submissions@angelcityreview.com

Our release party is happening today December 29th at Ave 50 Studios in Highland Park at 7pm. 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042

Featured Readers:
Chiwan Choi
Teka-Lark Fleming
Art Currim
Estella Ramirez
Trista Hurley-Waxali
Billy Burgos

The Alex Santos Quintet will also be playing a set of Jazz afterwards for your enjoyment.

 

In addition to issue two, we are excited to announce that we will be posting book reviews on our website starting in about a week. We will post contemporary book reviews and some not some recent books that you may have missed. If you have a book you would like us to review you can send us the info at our submissions email. If you would like to contribute book reviews you can also email us there as well.

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Issue Two

by on December 1, 2015

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Issue 2:

Featuring work by:

  • Art Currim
  • Danielle Grilli
  • Karen An-Hwei Lee
  • Adrian Cepeda
  • Jackie Chou, Sara Khayat
  • Mark Jackley
  • Marie Lecrivain
  • Khadija Anderson
  • Chiwan Choi
  • Estella Ramirez
  • Reynaldo Macias
  • Billy Burgos
  • Terry Wright
  • Jessica Ceballos
  • Terri Niccum
  • Alex Simand
  • Brian Dunlap
  • Alexandra Hohmann
  • Teka Lark Fleming
  • Luke Silver
  • Trista Hurley-Waxali
  • David Vieux
  • Jeff Nazzaro
  • James Bezerra

Art by Gagandeep Singh

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Final Days for issue two submissions

by on September 6, 2015

Hello everyone. I hope you have been enjoying issue one thus far. We are tirelessly at work on issue two and would like to remind you that  there are less than 10 days to submit. This issue is looking to be a very exciting one. We will also be sending out responses to all those who have already submitted shortly.

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Update

by on August 22, 2015

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and been enjoying the first issue thus far. We are in the process of working on issue two and we are very excited for what we will be sharing with you all in the next few months. While this project is a labor of love and we will never charge anything for the issues, we will gladly accept donations of any amount if you appreciate the work. Donations can be sent to our paypal account through the email submissions@angelcityreview.com Thanks again for all the support you all have shown thus far.

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