Edited by RD Armstrong, known as 'Raindog', the current issue of Lummox Journal just arrived in today's mail. It begins:
'A fallen leaf does not hate the wind'
--from The Blind Swordsman in samuri movie
I keep telling myself that it's
The natural order
To every season, etc.
But try as I might
There's no reversing this tide
No pretending this isn't real
No waking from a bad dream
Breathing short apprehensive breaths
Everything's measured in half steps now
As so with this poem, written shortly before his 55th birthday, Raindog announces that this will be the last year for Lummox, an print journal I've not long been a subscriber to, but love. Raindog is a wild card, a man who says what he thinks and dares to print it. From interviews to wild art to letter to the editor to musings, this is a journal I feel sad to say goodbye to.
Thanks, Raindog, for hanging yourself out there for all of us for so long.