S T R E E T   V O I C E
An Independent, Non-Profit Literary Journal               ISSN 1618-2146
 

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STREET VOICE intends to be a  journal committed to "littérature engagée", not to be confused with agit-prop. It hopes to provide a platform for poets, for writers, both known and unknown. It advocates a debate on whether or not  literature can (and perhaps should be) "useful." It is dedicated to a concept  of the integrity of the author that does not see him "serving" political ends while we would like to put in doubt an idealistic concept of the "autonomy of the arts." We know that form matters in the arts but we do not see it as an end in itself.  Art, just as life, is not separate from meaning, from projects - especially in today's "globalizing", conflict-ridden world where injustice, domination and servitude abound, perhaps more than ever. Literature and the arts can hardly remain neutral in this historical situation. Pretending to be satisfied with purely formal experimentation (important as it may be) is not different today from the limitations of writers content to "talk about trees."

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Writers rarely have an audience in mind, these days, except when they address in the most cunning and commercialized way a target group of likely customers.

Still, even while writing for herself or himself, or an audience of one, the writer or poet may well be a concerned individual, aware of many of the dilemmas and unsolved questions, that is to say, the contradictions of a society she or he is a part of. 

Literature, like other arts, may well register aspects of reality in its own ways.

It may safeguard its authenticity and come across as both beautifully intense and clear-sighted while, at the same time, it is not necessarily turning a blind eye to the needs of a population. 

Not pandering to an audience, the writer may indeed take it serious. 

Isn't it possible that while taking care not to be instrumentalized by any one, literature can still succeed to be useful, to address real (and often neglected) needs? 

Perhaps they are specific needs, rooted in the specific histories, calamities, and unsolved problems of different societies, in the North and the South, the East and the West.

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STREET VOICE advocates an increased intercultural exchange. It advocates involvement, or engagement,while posing the question how this can be achieved without ending up producing empty phrases, or suggesting questionable and even discredited "solutions."

While asking authors to "reflect" on more than form and to stick simultaneously to a necessary  authenticity and an honest regard for 
the "needs" of their audience,  we tend to cling to a position defending the autonomy of a debate:  about philosophy,  the arts,  literature.

Aware how poetry is "a world apart,"  we still know and in fact emphasize that poets live in a world of conflicts,  a society that is not a phantasy.

Jane Howard      J. Weidenfels         Andreas Weiland

Karen Wittstock     Kim Yong-sa     Olivia McCain    
 

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STREET VOICE is a non-commercial, non-profit internet journal set up to present contemporary poetry as well as short prose and book reviews. 

The 'lingua franca' relied on in STREET VOICE at the moment is English but texts in other languages are accepted, as well.
We hope to create a forum of international cultural debate. 

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Art in Society
 

http://www.
hoelderlin.de
 

Hans Arnfrid 
Astel,
Sand am Meer
 

La Otra
 

Rain Taxi
 

Urban Democracy
 

Wings Press
 

FEADAH
Fédération des écrivains
et artistes démocratiques et anti-hégémoniques
 
 

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(When STREET VOICE was founded, we had naively hoped to find readers using our so-called, now defunct
chat room!)

Contributions are welcome. If published by STREET VOICE, the copyright 
remains with the author(s).