Black Rider Press burst onto the publishing scene in September 2009, kicking their spurs deep into the flanks of the rebel landscape of literature and have recently released the 5th issue of their minizine, The Diamond & The Thief, an issue according to chief wrangler Jeremy Balius, as cosmic as Mulisch’s discovery of heaven.
The issue opens with A.S. Patric’s poem, In Defence of Blind Ignorance, a poem that explores the foolishness of trust and/ hope/ the space in between/ the time it took to travel/ from nothing to heartbreak.
Eliud Delgado’s poem, Como canción descompuesta suena… (Sounds like a detuned song…) follows, struggling with the pieces of memory’s jigsaw and the whispers/ which repeat your name/ in dry leaves crushing.
There are also two short stories featured in the issue, Eric Dando’s haunting Bluebeard, the story of Blue, who rides with the ghost of John Wayne and takes advice from Charlton Heston; and Nathan Hobby’s, The Mercy Seat, which weighs the burden of belief and questions how far we will go for love and revolution.
And I am also thrilled to have my poem Empty Garden take its place alongside these fine slabs and slivers of words. Thrilled indeed.
So saddle up rebel angels, The Diamond & The Thief #5 is kicking in the stalls.