Further Into “Dream Pop Press”

In my search for a publication to research, I came back to the online zine I discovered for the previous assignment on zines: Dream Pop Press. I enjoyed what I had seen while looking over content for that project, but as I really only explored the first two or so poems and one letter to the editor, I couldn’t help but feel like there was so much more to uncover, not to mention provide wider exposure to what I feel is a style of poetry that lends itself to the format Small Press Publishing better than any other format.

“Behind Greg’s Backpack” by Patricia Callan, Cover of Dream Pop © Issue #5

I genuinely feel that the type of content being exhibited in each issue of the Dream Pop Journal that deserves to be talked about and read on a larger scale, despite its difficulty and the intentional obscurity of the publication. Dream Pop Press provides a suitable context for writers and artists whose style is both deliberately obscure and plays with the sound of language more than the meaning behind the words, and yet all its writers and contributors are united under the main theme of the Journal.

Looking at a few poets’ works confirmed as such. Jon Ruseki’s poem “Shade” conveys that idea of hazy dissociation one has while dreaming;

“we’re hungover
in our
that’s poetry
and losing it
in the sun
is the kind
of singing
I do”

Or Christine Scanlon’s “Fears Especially of This”, burying itself into the certain core of intimacy only poets can reach;

“a second-self flattened/ makes the body relaxed & spoiled”

That abstract mystery of a dream; it exists within these poems, as well as the work of so many other contributors to the Journal. I can’t wait to dig deeper into the resources available on Dream Pop Press.

All above taken from https://www.dreampoppress.net/

2 thoughts on “Further Into “Dream Pop Press””

  1. This is a contemporary literary journal – not a press – but I’ll approve that modification of the assignment in this case. Have you found a poet whose work appears across more than two issues? I will be so curious to see what you do, and how your characterization of the language expands and then narrows to a specific poet’s work.


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