T R E E T V O I C E
VOIX DANS LES RUES
STRASSENSTIMMEN VOCES DE LA CALLE
A Multi-lingual Non-Profit
Literary Journal / Una revista literaria multilingüe
Une revue littéraire
multilingue / Eine mehrsprachige Literaturzeitschrift
STONYBROOK EDITIONS / Steinbeck Verlag ISSN 1618-2146
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I S S U E # 1,
7, 8, 9, 10
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."
* * *
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
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.
* * *
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
Karen Wittstock Kim Yong-sa
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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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