On ‘Three Poems’

Three Poems by Tristan Foster in RIC JournalIt is my pleasure to have three poems published in the April 2019 edition of the remarkable RIC Journal.

Pleased to be sharing website space with Daniel Fraser and Naveen Kishore and echoes of Jaipur at 6.31pm, among others.

With thanks as usual to the magnanimous and wise Saudamini.

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Comment on 3:AM

I have resigned as co-editor-in-chief of 3:AM and ended my association with the magazine.

This was not an easy decision; 3:AM has been very, very good to me. I have worked with talented and passionate writers and publishers from around the world – some I now have the privilege of calling friends. I have interviewed authors I have long admired. Also, a number of publishing opportunities have come my way as a direct result of connections I have made through the magazine. My time at 3:AM has taught me much and was also a lot of fun.

3:AM is a passion project for everyone involved – no money changes hands in any direction. The masthead is filled with people who want to promote the discussion of a certain brand of literature and philosophy, and very often those who wrote for us enjoyed the creative freedom the site afforded them – to write about subjects they were passionate about in a form that did not make sense elsewhere. Usually my criteria for accepting a piece was: Is this 3:AM enough? The hard work that has been put into it simply cannot be quantified, and investing in something in this way makes it especially difficult to leave behind. I joined the team not as an academic or even as a “writer” at the time, but primarily as a reader. As such, the fact that we were publishing for an audience of, ultimately, passionate readers was always at the forefront of my own decision making at the journal.

Recent events have left me sad, angry and distressed – especially because none of it was something I was able to influence despite my role at the magazine. I don’t believe we responded sensibly as a collective to any of the criticisms levelled at us, and I also don’t think we addressed our audience when and how we needed to. I did my utmost to ensure that 3:AM was a respectable, authoritative and unique platform – this is how it was when I joined and I wish I could say this is how it was when I left.

I wish Andrew and the team all the best as they work to re-establish 3:AM.

On ‘Sundown’

My short story or fragment Sundown has been published in the final edition of RIC Journal for 2018. It’s always always a serious pleasure to be in RIC, a singular journal that continues to do its very own thing. Long may that continue.

With thanks to S, as usual.

On ‘Once Upon A Time’

My poem Once Upon A Time has been published in the second anniversary/Kali edition of RIC Journal. I’m super happy about this for a few reasons, including but not limited to:

  • This is published poem number two for me
  • I got to work with the magnanimous and talented Saudamini again
  • RIC is now an entire two years old – this is no minor achievement for any lit mag, especially one which publishes every month

With thanks to S, as usual.