Saturday, 8 August 2009
FLASH ESSAY N0 1 - KID GLOVE DOCTRINE
The Kid Glove Collective is a London-based band of poets, flash-fictioners and essayists dedicated to bringing you a portable scriptorium - a house of words that we call The Glove. The Glove magazine can be found circulating the various art spaces, funk holes, underground grottos, vintage-to-vogue shops and opium dens of our beloved metropolis just twice a year, but worming its way into the mind-pockets of vagabonds and aristos’ alike for eternity.
I was asked the other day why I had created it. The inspiration was a French rebel-writing group founded in response to the mainstream publishing houses who thematically rejected experimental writing. At the time I was experimenting with flash fiction; In my heart I felt these pieces wouldn’t be accepted by the giants, but where would they be? The possibility of joining this exciting French group was thrashed by our language barrier, so I decided to advance my own publishing project, offering new and experimental writers the chance to see their work in quality print. Whether rejected by conformity, already established or simply wanting their voice to be heard, all styles and manners of articulation can be found here, from absurdist modernism to vintage-verse.
Pace is another vital aspect of writing comfortably and contently. It’s an advantage to publishing few can afford and one I wish to offer. You cannot simply submit one piece of genius but a whole series in order to be published (aside from various anthologies, which remain obsticalised in their own right). The Glove offers writers time and space to submit as they wish – one work contributed is a great as many. The after-thought from having produced this new breed of journal is, don’t wait for something beautiful or historical to happen – create it for yourself. You can sit endlessly dreaming of painting with the expressionists, radicalizing relationships through the Bloomsbury Group or being a star in Andy Warhol’s Factory – you can dream, or you can make it happen.
The magazine will expand as its readers do, but promises to remain a poetry-centric journal for you, the wordsmith and the reader. Our manifesto will indeed change from issue to issue, because no doctrine should remain the same. Ideas change, the will changes, ego shifts – it’s all naturally in flux, although the standing principle should remain the same if it is to be a manifesto at all.
The ‘one size fits all’ dogma serves as a pantheon, not a religion, for every size of style that ever came and comes into existence, for each voice as it is, has and knows their reasoning for it.
Tiffany Anne Tondut.