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“nose-inthe-book” presentation, offering a more theatrical rendering of four stories (two from her zine and two unpublished).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 bucketsiler.com.