variation: biol. Marked difference or deviation from the normal or recognized form, function or structure.
zine: An inexpensively produced, self published, underground publication.
Variations zine is a non pretentious zine. It is a 'poetry' and art zine. It does not have a long heritage of it's own having only come into existence with the new year of 2006, but does shares a lengthy collective heritage with all publications that have existed before and during, and those that will inevitably follow in the future. The zine likes poetry of value, and whether or not the editor likes or dislikes aspects of the writing, as long as it holds value, it can be within the zine's pages. It is handmade. Often it is sewn, stapled or glued together through careful diligence. It is made of an unlimited amount of things & would like for no one to define its limitations. It likes paper of all shapes, sizes colours & textures. It has been hand-dyed, painted on, spirographed on, and so much more. Often times the zine includes music as it loves musicand sees it as being very much a part of itself. The music is of all sorts and has included samples of telephone conversations to strange space noise and ambient purrs. The zine contains art. Mostly the art is made by the editor, but each piece is original. The zine itself is art. It is an individual. There is no other copy than the one you hold in your hand. It is unique.
The zine accepts everyone & never judges them to see whether they have been published countless times before. What it does care about is being interested, in being different, in being on step further than it was before. It is committed to challenging those around it who are conventional or normal. It likes when writers who want to be included in it strive to challenge all that they see & 'know.' Everything is to be discussed, revisited, edited, reworded, written upside down or inside out.
The zine is always accepting writing of any sort because it is alive always, even between issues.
In the future the zine sees expansion. The releasing of chapbooks. Broadsides. It dreams of seeing space. It dreams of understanding itself. [But doesn't everybody?]
The zine has found a partner in crime. It is in cahoots with the musical/art/everything website amokrecordings.com. The two have been seen all over towns broadcasting their message.
It wants you to submit something. It wants you to challenge yourself today because you can.