An Update on the Gazette

Hello to our readers,

First of all, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support of the Gazette over the course of the year. This project has been both a difficult and an enriching experience so far, and the feedback and financial support that the editorial team receives from our Patrons and cafe or library readers continually amazes me. Our contributors have been encouraged likewise by comments and compliments made by our readers, and for that I’m grateful too – the Gazette was started with the intention of being a medium for young writers to find a place for their work, and the continued interest of our readers in their output has been fantastic. All in all, the relationship between patrons, contributors, and the editorial team is a wonderful and surprising thing, given the distance separating many of those who work on and subscribe to the publication.

This year so far of running the Revolutionary Gazette has also had its less enjoyable moments – the return of NSW to COVID lockdown has had financial effects on the editorial team; thus, as the Gazette is still not ‘sustainable’ insofar as the income from subscriptions doesn’t cover printing/design/shipping costs, there have been some delays that simply come down to waiting until the editorial team can afford (out of their own pocket) to cover the excess costs. At the end of the day, too, getting the draft sent off to the printers involves a lot of prior proofreading, layout and secondary design work, and extra writing material in order to make sure a minimum 24-page proof reaches the printers before the end of the month. Advertising is not something I (the editor-in-chief) excel at, or find easy or natural, but I’ve been trying also to maintain a strong presence on our Instagram (though the website and Patreon updates have fallen very far behind). All that said, though, the project and process of the Gazette is well worth the difficulties. And so long as contributors find it fulfilling and possible for them to send in their pieces, I’m keen to keep this ship afloat – by hook or by crook, any means necessary, and etc.

At this present moment in Australia, however, the extended lockdowns and new and ever-changing restrictions have affected the job that I [the editor-in-chief] hold in order to fund the Gazette. Due to present circumstances, it is my unfortunate duty to relay the fact that there will be a delay in the print publication of our September issue, for financial reasons. Despair not! Two things will follow: firstly, that it will be printed! Our September and October issues form a two-part exploration of the theme ‘The War for Order’, and the current plan is to print and release both in their physical format at the same time. Secondly, I will be releasing a pdf version of the September edition to subscribers on the 13th (tomorrow, as of this posting), to tie you over in the meantime. I offer my sincerest apologies for this delay and inconvenience, but assure you that we will present you with the full Parts I. & II. of “The War for Order” editions by the end of the month.

There may be some curiosity as to the intent behind repeating a theme across two months – for those that are interested, I’d like also to share with you some of the creative vision for the year remaining. Across the issues already published, something of a ‘narrative’ has emerged from the themes that have codified each edition. Our first three issues had themes drawn from the natural world – ‘Dancing Streams’, ‘Boundless Seas’, and ‘Tangled Limbs’. From April onwards, however, what I hope is (implicitly) something of a narrative progression has woven together the theming of the issues. Out of the natural context of the early issues, we emerged with ‘Eyes Awakened’. From this new perception of the world around us, it became clear that consciousness has a power to unlock dormant or latent patterns hidden in that very world. Hence, we came to ‘Heaven’s Tombs’: the place in which divinity rests until it is brought forth by sacrifice. Just as the constellations wait in the heavens until our awakened eyes notice and call them forth, so too does our consciousness and perception order the social and mythic world we inhabit. Once this is realised, it renders ‘Shades Unveiled’. The dim shapes we could barely perceive reveal themselves, and with the veil of shadow rent apart, light breaks into the world once more. So it is that ‘Dawn Returns’, illuminating our renewed cosmos. However, with the sun shining over a realm once in darkness, the worst as well as the best now become visible. In and amidst this liminal order of dark and light, the monstrous and aberrative inhabits the world we have made our first efforts to organise.

This has been our series of themes thus far. The remaining four themes are as follows:

September: The War for Order pt.I

October:     The War for Order pt.II

November:  The Bells Toll

December:  Behold, the Man

In September, our theme conveys the heroic undertaking of trying to achieve stability – of the warrior of legend or of the wise woman of counsel, who attempts to put right what has been broken. This will be contrasted in our October edition, which is part 2 of the same theme: in this issue, the theme revolves around the dark side of stability and safety; of the tyrant king who executes his own people, or the enchantress who enslaves her children. This state of affairs cannot last. November’s theme is ominous, as it is at the same time ambiguous. The Bells Toll – but do they signal a death or a birth, the end of things or the beginning of something new? This leads us to our final issue for the year: ‘Behold, the Man’. The journey of the year gone by will arrive at last with the idea of Self: of the Atman, of the Buddha, and of the Christ – and all the symbols of personal unity. The person’s attempt to transform the world around itself has collapsed, but the chance to transform the world within is now apparent.

If 2021 is the only year in which the Gazette runs, I hope that this progression of themes forms a compelling conclusion to what already is a wonderful legacy for the creative endeavour of all our contributors thus far. And should it be possible that we continue as a team into 2022, I hope that this progression forms a climactic first chapter to an ongoing revolution. The COVID situation has all plans and possibilities up in the air, of course, but if it’s possible I’d love to stage an event in December or January to bring together as many contributors and readers as possible and broadcast some poetry and art and storytelling to an audience. If nothing else, I’d like to heartily thank each and everyone of our patrons and readers: you guys rock. I hope the Gazette is able to encourage you in return, in your own, individual pursuits of bringing something divine to the world before you.

Safe Voyaging, Pilgrims!

~ Samuel Willmot, editor-in-chief

June 2021 // Issue 6 // Shades Unveiled

Within heaven’s tombs, those deepest recesses of resting divinity, rebirth awaits – as a sun sunk into the bottom of the sea, too, bides the time. Yet expectation, however patient, leaves it always darkest ere the dawn. Amidst the dimness of soon-nascent things, the veils of sleep and shades of death, plunge madmen with lanterns searching for lost gods: prophets and dreamers and desperate fools. But unless the pilgrim be ready to remain in the realm of horrors, he brings little back. Only the hero who can fill the recesses of hell with his own readiness never to return releases the captive spirits. The full surrender of the entire soul – whole in its total oneness and complete plurality – can be all there needs be to tear apart apparitions and render Shades Unveiled.

After a week of printing delays, our sixth edition is winging its way through the postal services and by the hands of distributors to your local campus, home, or cafe to engage you with a host of new items of poetry, fiction, and criticism. A few of our columnists are absent in this issue, but new authors as well as returning feature poets have provided pieces both thoughtful and wonderful for our readers. In this issue of the Gazette you can look forward to:

  • a disquieted yet deeply majestic poem from columnist Ruby Therese Brown, entitled ‘Tombstones of Eternity’
  • ‘Jackie Twodoorsdown‘, a short story from new contributor Craig Palmer; a poignant cross-section of the lives of a distant family, told through the moments that caused it to drift apart
  • the return of the delinquent Gregory Viglianco, with a new Iridescent Fable to both muddle and moralise the minds of many
  • a feature poem from Annabelle, drawn from experiences of her father in childhood and a moment on the Seine River some years later
  • an essay of literary comparison from editor Samuel Willmot, examining a counter-movement in American literature in the mid-19th century
    • as well as the new instalment of our current serial story, and other returning columnists and poets!

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May 2021 // Issue 5 // Heaven’s Tombs

With eyes awakened, all seen is seen in all possibility. The patterns that awoke vision from unseeing continue to invite the awareness that the spectacle all around and within does not end with inspection. And even an end does not end the possibility of the pattern. Once released from the grasp of the adversary, death was filled with possibility, and is now adverse to the end of all. So long as death makes possible the continuation into new life, we see it in a new light: just as the old light of stars long dead continues to proclaim. So, long as the pattern may be, is its end truly when eyes cease to awaken to it? For even if the stars are obscured from them in a haze adverse to sight, the constellations still stretch on – the divine corpses of gods awaiting reawakening rest in Heaven’s Tombs.

The Revolutionary Gazette continues in our (late) fifth edition with the May issue, themed “Heaven’s Tombs”. Across the pages of the May copies can be found a plethora of poems, as well as returning columnists from previous issues and the first part of a new serial story!

  • A yet-unfeatured poet appearing in this edition, Naomi McIarty, explores loss and emptiness in her poem ‘Fatherless’.
  • Martin Davis’ latest textual navigations delve through ideas of religious and market forces and the narratives that overarch those participating in them.
  • Filmmaker Brendan Dennerly presents two poetic pieces exploring limitation, tradition, and the bounds of knowing.
  • A new serial story commences!- the first part of a detective pulp novella set in an almost idyllic semi-rural Australian suburb…
    • with more poetry besides, our regular columns, and a beautifully illustrated cover from Ethan Johns.

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April 2021 // Issue 4 // Eyes Awakened

Can beginning and end be used to think about awakening? Or, like a revolution of the sun, does awakening go on without knowing where it began? Is there only one great day, known to the winds which travel with the sun the world over and have never known night? Are there a myriad awakenings, one upon the next, to eternity? Whether there is a difference – or none at all – the Gazette will write of ceaseless revolution and of the moment’s repetition, as the seasons change and months pass, with all of our Eyes Awakened.

This post comes belatedly for most – many of our Patreon subscribers will have already received their copies of the fourth edition of the Revolutionary Gazette. For those yet to receive, or considering purchasing a copy, here’s a little of what you can expect in our latest issue:

  • a new satire column of moral tales, named Iridescent Fables from the delinquent Gregory Viglianco, brimming with tongue-in-cheek witticism and hilarious storytelling.
  • two beautiful ekphrastic poems from Matt Petherbridge, written in response to artworks from contemporary Hunter Valley artists.
  • a touching and reflective short story from filmmaker Brendan Dennerly about an author in his final moments of life
  • the mind-spiralling conclusion of the long-running feature story, The Endless Stare, by Samuel Willmot.
    • as well as new columns from all our regular contributors, and new poetry from a returning feature poet!

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March 2021 // Issue 3 // Tangled Limbs

Growth is far from tidy. As life extends, in every moment it must discover where it belongs. By extension, life is always reaching out to something. And reaching means aim, means that there is a chance to fall short, means reach. Whatever the reach of our publication as it is now, we hope it will grow. And it seems some growth is occurring, because our efforts are far from tidy. Like a somewhat unkempt garden, the growth here embodied comes with effort, and comes against effort, too – as no growing thing flourishes without being cut back. Bear with us, then, as we aim to bear forth a body sufficient to reach out to where it belongs. Should this single copy of a singular variety of writings be reaching you, we hope that this twisting body of boughs does not block out the light above, but rather afford you the chance to climb to a new vantage – not so as to see where our reaching aims, no: we hope you ultimately see beyond these tangled limbs.

In our third edition of the Revolutionary Gazette, the meander through the light, by which we see, continues – dappled and mottled as it is, by the patterns woven by branching ideas that strive to meet it. Our existing columnists return, bringing a furtherance of the growth in previous issues. Subscribers to this issue can await the opportunity of reading:

  • The continuation of Bubble Boy’s Sympathy series, in which the troubled author invites you, the reader, to play a game.
  • A new reflection in textual philosophy from anthropology student Martin Davis, exploring structures, signs, and Satanic imagery.
  • Levi Bak brings a new Sage Interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey, book IX.116-141 – a description of the lands of the mighty Cyclops.
  • Gripping metropolitan photography from urban explorer Karol de’Pur
    • as well as feature poetry, the continuation of our ongoing serial story, and new contributions from our other columnists!

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February 2021 // Issue 2 // Boundless Seas

“The point of departure is often the next step. Although this is the second issue of our publication, it is as much its inception as anything that has come before – or that will follow. Like the coming of dawn and the day that follows, each revolution of the earth is a departure from a linear movement – because in a cycle, there are only beginnings: just as upon the face of the globe itself, where the ocean stretches unbroken in spherical infinity. This month’s issue points to departure across the expanse, and to the beginning of a journey eternal, which – by nature of its eternality – was begun long before the time present. And, as the day itself presents the invitation to begin the infinite, so too our new issue invites our readers to embark with our contributors as they navigate Boundless Seas.”

In the second ever issue of The Revolutionary Gazette, not only are our columnists familiar to you from the first edition back, to bring even greater content to you, but new columnists and features have been added to the publication – expanding the range of styles, perspectives, and themes contained therein. Here are some of the things that our readers can expect in February’s issue:

  • a World Reflection from Ruby Brown that questions with both lucidity and force the experience and nature of a bound[ed] existence.
  • a Life Experience from Jared Buchanan reflecting on time spent in the ocean and out.
  • a new column from anthropology student Martin Davis, titled Overtextualised Culture, bringing you essays inspired by the nature of life in a world permeated like never before with textuality.
  • a new column from urban adventurer Karol de’Pur, exploring abandoned spaces and their past and present states.
    • as well as new and continuing features, such as:
  • the cosmic continuation of last month’s feature story, The Endless Stare
  • feature poems from arts student Naomi Fanning, reflecting on the relationship of Odysseus and his wife and queen Penelope
  • a feature photographic insert from Queensland photographer Michael Robinson
    • and more content besides – translations, additional poetry, and further creative prose!

January 2021 // Issue 1 // Dancing Streams

Taken from the issue:

Within this, the very first issue of the Revolutionary Gazette, the nature of its contents is akin to the motion of the comets, or meteors, which reveal their brilliance spontaneously as they weave their erratic path through the planetary dancers of the cosmic river. Some will draw nearer and nearer the heart of it all, some are flying further from the central body: for a time, these writings are together, visible, and dancing along a stream of thought. The intrepid reader is invited to steer their vessel between the dancing rocks; to sit, and watch the pattern whilst adding to its very nature by being amongst it. Like rivers of rain upon the face of the window, these streams may not alter the face of the Earth beneath, but they may cause the face of a reader between to look up and out from within. And it may be that this causes an alteration upon this world: the only way to know is to read on!

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Content in this issue includes:

The Life Experiences column from Jared Matthias Buchanan

A Classical Translation of a Homeric hymn, with accompanying notes, from Levi Bak.

A feature story entitled The Endless Stare (parts i-ii) by Samuel Willmot

The World Reflections poetry column from Ruby Therese Brown

The Sympathy column from Bubble Boy (presented by Jen Tremor)

A feature poem by Wandering Bard.

…as well as beautiful feature designs from Ethan Johns.