Chapbook or photozine? I wish I’d thought of calling them the former before I started publishing photozines. And I wish we’d thought to set up Bracket Books Ireland long before now. Either way, we intend to fail better next time.
Garden went into the post-office yesterday. It’s the second book, the February edition, for the current subscribers. I’d anticipated the pandemic-slowed postal services would make local deliveries on March 1st. It seems that nothing is predictable and miraculously, some arrived today.
It was a year ago this week that I was discharged from cancer care, having achieved a milestone all clear five years after treatment. However, in the same hour, on the same day, in another room in the same hospital, our eldest was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. The first year of pandemic brought her the extreme social isolations required for chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Today, humans and scan-reading-machines can’t detect any cancer cells at all. The medical teams and treatments and have been adjudged to have done their job for her. And her treatment continues though she’s been downgraded to lower tiers of need because she doesn’t have cancer.
Which is truly fantastic and yet, you wonder how the disrupted, proactive, early warning cancer screening systems will fare in the next five years. The pandemic may end or be reduced to ‘flu-like status but we learned, twice in the last century, that the consequences of global war can last a generation. That’s not to say political and biological wars are comparable but lives lost matter, no matter how they are lost. There’s a very interesting read here on NPR. Some would say this is a suggestion not an endorsement because of the opacity in the relationships between national public radio stations, private healthcare systems and public donations in any nation that staggers under the influence of political action committees. As I say, it’s an interesting article.
The Bracket Books photozines are available for online purchase through FabHappy and TheUpliftKit but perhaps the best thing is to enquire here. They’re being issued by the calendar month, each edition limited to 200 copies, each copy uniquely numbered and posted at the end of each month. Price per copy is 10 plus postage. Where you live determines if that’s 10 USD or 10 Euro or 10 Sterling. Subscribe for 12 editions for 100 of your USD, Euro or Sterling choice and we’ll gladly cover the postage.