Golden Handcuffs Review is, to say the least, distinctive. To say a little more: honest, fresh, attractive. [Also, they’re closed to submissions for the rest of 2006, according to the website, given that their next two issues are full and they’ve been overwhelmed with manuscripts. While the candor is admirable, as a potential contributor and subscriber I question the decision of the Editors. If they’re closed to submissions, I’m closed to subscriptions.]
The magazine is distinctive in three ways:
visually, the layout of even the prose pieces is flush-left only; Most (all?) other literary magazines I read are justified; the appearance suggests poetry, and I wonder if that is intentional since a rather lyrical style is favored
editorially, the magazine includes “responses” to some of the poems and stories, something I’ve never seen in a journal, and also includes excerpts from longer works, again not typical
stylistically, I wouldn’t call the work in the magazine experimental, exactly, but it isn’t quite traditional, either, and, as noted, tends toward the lyrical.
The website includes links to several of the pices in this issue, and this excerpt from Joe Ashby Porter’s The Near Future is a good place to start.
Next up: Fugue