Azure

The latest in my series of reviews of literary journals and genre magazines.

Founded in 2015, Azure publishes both online and print issues.

What They Say About Themselves:Lazuli Literary Group is a platform dedicated to fostering the delight of the literary imagination through a small publishing presswriting contests, and an online/print literary journalAZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought. We are a two-person editing team with diverging tastes (one classic and one contemporary) that harmonize in a third, uncharted space. We are particularly drawn to writing that broadens the concept of ‘literary’ to one that pulls from a global pedigree of storytelling technique. We seek authors who revel in the rhythmic possibilities of the poetic line, who contemplate the flavor, the shape, and the history of every word they use; who are so committed to the pyrotechnics of the written word that they comprehend the beauty of classical forms and yet feel compelled to constantly re-invent their craft. Our goal is to support underrepresented styles of writing, specifically within a genre that we imagined, which we call otherworld realism. We like work that generates an eclectic mix of literary, lyrical, experimental and witty reading experiences; as such, we publish works that may not be suited for mass consumption, due to their raw yet polished innovations in content and form. ​

otherworld realism
[uhth -er-wurld] [ree-uh-liz-uh m]
noun

  1. a style of literature devoted to intellectual and imaginative pursuits that point towards a potential, evolved reality.
  2. a genre that represents the known world in an elevated or defamiliarising way.
  3. art and literature that evokes the space before clarity in which one must navigate the logic of intuition and instinct, alongside the duplicity of fact.
  4. an approach illuminating a psychic space of process; a space of ambiguity, silence, and internal struggle.
  5. the pre-dawn.”

Issue Reviewed: Volume 5, Issue 2 (April 2021)

Genre: Literary realism

One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: Most issues feature only one short story, and for this issue that would be “The Looking Glass of Arthur Gordon Pym” by Frank Meola. The protagonist of Edgar Allan Poe’s novel “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” writes a first-person account of the true events of the tale.

Exploding HelicoptersOne Explosion. The emphasis is on florid writing over action.

Profanometer: Dammit. The language was pretty restrained.

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