[Alternate Route] Issue 3

… is out! Find it (scroll down a little on the website) patreon.com/alternate_route. There’s a post announcing the release, and a PDF file titled issue 3 or something like that. Don’t worry–no computer viruses! We don’t use a PDF viewer or anything like that, we figure you can just open it and read at your leisure just as easily.

Thank you to our contributors. I’m a one-man army working this thing, so figuring out whether and how to give out payments to artists (first attempt everyone refused or didn’t respond!) is confusing an logistically complicated as hell. Eh.

So yeah! Enjoy our beautiful poets and photographers in [AR] issue 3!

[Alternate Route] Issue #2 (April, Spring)

I don’t remember if I announced this yet or not, but [AR] #2 is out! Yay! You can find it in the top post on our Patreon site at Patreon.com/alternate_route. You don’t have to pay, it’s free, though we appreciate donations. But yeah read at your own leisure, we like to think we have quality work, a little light on the visual arts side this quarter, but that’s alright, right?

Contributors are listed on the inside cover, but thank you shoutouts to CJ Delous, Elancharan Gunsakeran, and Afzal Sajjad Zafir, and Michael Starr for the wonderful poems! =)

Always open (as of now) for submissions, send to alternateroute.zine@gmail.com! =D


[Alternate Route] Issue #2

We’re still accepting submissions for issue #2 of alternate route! [ALTERNATE ROUTE] are creating a zine of poetry, prose, and art | Patreon, @alternateroute. The magazine is free for anyone to view, but donations on patreon are accepted. We have two patrons so far! =). Our first issue came out in january and we release quarterly, which means the next is end of april. We’ll be paying our contributors once we amass enough funding (that is to say, more than little-to-none thus far lol).

Feel free to check out issue #1 for free on the Patreon page linked above. More information about how to get in touch is on our Twitter Profile, including email to send submissions to.

We accept poetry, prose, art, photography–more or less anything aesthetically palatable. When in doubt, just check with us.


What are titles for, anyway?…

Hi all. I haven’t…

So, the short and long of it is, I’m lonely, and I removed all followers from my personal blog (that was 100+) because it was getting real dicey/edgy/personal/angry and I guess… I just thought others couldn’t handle that? I don’t know what I thought.

So I’m just putting this here, where other eyes can see it, because there is something about the eyes of another, that makes things come to life, particularly for an entertainer.

Like you’re shooting laser beams out, IR RFID dog tag checkers, something like that.

I don’t think I really want anything else other than some of my words in the public eye. I haven’t had that deep, somnolent gaze into the unknown so I don’t know what I really want from life, but it may very well be something like that. In the end. For others to see what I have written.

Our artist collective, [ALTERNATE ROUTE], is still recruiting. Comment or email for an invite. We’re just some folks putting together our stuff onto a Patreon so, yes, there will be money involved (assuming we get a single subscriber), but no, that’s not what it’s about. Just a forewarning to the greedy.

We love interacting and sharing ideas, critique, work, so if you are a poet/writer/artist looking for an outlet this may be a good start? I think? It will definitely be something you can put on your resume, though. (I am seeing this quote busted out in my face after a catastrophic failure in the future… le sigh…)

First issue should be out within a few months, at the latest. (I usually say a deadline and it is like, I finish putting together the stuff for it in half the time, as a note, just kind of how I operate; just so you know). Will put the link to it on here in case anyone actually wants to support, as well! We haven’t figured out the support tiers yet so will get back to you all about that. It shouldn’t be exorbitant, for sure.

And just beside that, it’s good to have you all here, I don’t really know what I am doing as usual, annnnndddddd, yeah! Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy the poetry. As a final note, if there are any topic or subject matter requests, please leave a comment and I will do my best to fulfill. I’m not even saying money, I’m just saying, if you want me to write about something for free, I can. That’s the fun of it, isn’t it?

Peace and Love,


Recruiting Artist/Photographer for Literary Collective

Hi everyone! I hope you are all in good spirits.

Me, Red-Bear-Sky, Pretty Words for Ugly Thoughts, and Words for Ghosts (all bloggers/writers here on WordPress.com) are starting a poetry/writing/art collective and are in need of an artist/photographer/graphic designer to help us stylize our biweekly online journal. I can provide further details if you are interested (varjakbaby11one@gmail.com). Commitment should be minimal, and we are all friendly lenient folks. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me at the address above.

Bonne Chance,