title: Rise, Fall, Repeat no. 2
creator: Isidro “De La Luna” Fox
The title of this zine feels like an accurate description of the contents, as the writing themes seem to be circular. Design-wise, it’s like a photo zine digitally stylized with cut-and-paste text. The photographs are of friends, hangouts, and empty spaces and usually relevant to the frustration-filled adolescent writing. Mostly, they are dated poems and writings on a sense of loneliness and discarded friendships.
Although most of the writing carries a strong sense of pessimism throughout the pages, it feels more like disillusionment masquerading as disenchantment rather than abandoned belief. Like trying not to completely lose hope by talking like someone who has.
Isidro’s disappointments with former friends often sound bitter and resentful in the form of criticism and an expressed sense of abandonment. Obviously reflective, they show a clandestine feeling of being hurt and a furtive wish that things hadn’t turned out the way they did. As the majority of entries are about being left behind, passed by, or abandoned, his harsh words for them seem to me more of a way to feel empowered rather than hurt. Something that I’m sure a lot of readers would identify with from either side of lost friendships.
Print copies can be obtained through the top link, and free digital copies are also available on issuu.