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Zine and heard

The world of zines is one that thrives on ob­scu­rity. Th­ese un­der­ground pub­li­ca­tions are usu­ally hand­made in small batches (like so many great things) and re­ceive min­i­mal cir­cu­la­tion, adding to their sense of ex­clu­siv­ity. The writ­ing and pic­tures con­tained within a zine’s few pages have more to do with art than profit. Though Santa Fe isn’t home to many such pub­li­ca­tions, on Fri­day, March 5, lo­cal writer and self-pro­claimed ac­tivist Bucket Siler will read from her sec­ond pub­lished zine, I Have a Song For You. Siler prom­ises a break from the con­ven­tional “nose-inthe-book” pre­sen­ta­tion, of­fer­ing a more the­atri­cal ren­der­ing of four sto­ries (two from her zine and two un­pub­lished). The first of the pub­lished sto­ries, “The Sun Shines For­ever,” is an ex­er­cise in flash fic­tion at a mere two pages, ex­plor­ing the world of a stu­dent and a teacher who find a way to es­cape from the con­fines of school through their imag­i­na­tions. As in many of Siler’s sto­ries, it reads like part of a big­ger nar­ra­tive, though it stands on its own. The “let­ters” scat­tered through I Have

a Song For You are even more in­trigu­ing, dated only with days of the week and pur­port­edly sent from lo­ca­tions rang­ing from arid New Mex­ico to rain-soaked Port­land (where Siler lived be­fore com­ing to Santa Fe). They leave the reader feel­ing a bit like a voyeur. The let­ters hint at grand dilem­mas in the writer’s mind that can only be re­lated in dead-end sen­tences. Per­haps Siler will read a few of th­ese let­ters and al­low the stark hon­esty of her thoughts to serve as breaks be­tween the fan­ci­ful fic­tion of her tales. Bucket Siler per­forms at 7 p.m. atWise Fool Stu­dios, 2778-D Agua Fría St. (992-2588). Tick­ets are $10 at the door. For in­for­ma­tion, visit buck­et­

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