Vol. 10 (2022)

This 2022 volume is our tenth issue. It is no coincidence, then, that this issue echoes the durability and usefulness of aluminum and tin, the traditional tenth anniversary gifts. This volume, launched with a large-format print issue, quite literally reflects and shines and is our gift—from the staff and the contributors—to literary culture.

The design for this year’s Tab Journal emerges from a year of recognizing the complexities of choice, drawing boundaries, and acknowledging multidimensional anxieties of being between a rock and a hard place. As we continue to experience the compromises that go hand in hand with the pandemic, as we continue to face the relentless considerations of safe and dangerous spaces, this issue surveys concepts of shared corners and shelters, of physical and metaphorical places and spaces where individuals, pods, and communities take refuge. 

The visual language in this issue draws on the mining of minerals—Arsenopyrite, Aluminum, Platinum, Tin, Tennantite, Titanium, Silver, Volcanic Rock—and a back-and-front scientific identification system to connect author and poem. Using a poster booklet, the reader can journey through poems and then unfold the booklet to meet their authors on the reverse side of the poster. The material object that this issue thereby makes manifest represents a relationship between surface and source.

This issue was digitally printed with two colors of ink (metallic and black), then scored, die-cut, and folded to achieve a poster booklet. It is, then, two forms in one, poster and booklet, each of which offers a different visual and tactile experience of scale and perspective.

This 2022 volume is our tenth issue. It is no coincidence, then, that it echoes the durability and usefulness of aluminum and tin, the traditional tenth-anniversary gifts. This volume, launched with a large-format print issue, quite literally reflects and shines and is our gift—from the staff and the contributors—to literary culture.

The design for 2022 emerges from a year of recognizing the complexities of choice, drawing boundaries, and acknowledging multidimensional anxieties of being between a rock and a hard place. The visual language draws on the mining of minerals—Arsenopyrite, Aluminum, Platinum, Tin, Tennantite, Titanium, Silver, Volcanic Rock. This volume surveys concepts of shared corners and shelters, of physical and metaphorical places and spaces where individuals, pods, and communities take refuge.

The online issues in the 2022 volume pick up elements of the print issue’s design, and the entire website is updated to reflect this and shape the reading experience.

PLAGUE YEAR
Wendy Taylor Carlisle
TENDRILS
Kai Coggin
THE RULE OF THE TABLE
Kylie Gellatly
HOPE IN, CLIVE
Hilary King
HOW TO MEDITATE
Jenny Qi
A NIGHT OF A MERGER
Bibinur Salykova
I FIND THIS IN MY MOTHER’S EFFECTS
Donna Spruijt-Metz

PLAGUE YEAR by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
TENDRILS by Kai Coggin
THE RULE OF THE TABLE by Kylie Gellatly
HOP IN, CLIVE by Hilary King
HOW TO MEDITATE by Jenny Qi
A NIGHT OF A MERGER by Bibinur Salykova
I FIND THIS IN MY MOTHERS EFFECTS by Donna Spruijt-Metz

Poem Beginning with a Line from Adam Zagajewski
Patricia Clark
Into Wildflower Into Field
Kai Coggin
Icebreaker with Neruda
Hilary King
Past Lives and My Father’s Death Room
Dion O’Reilly
Still Life
Jenny Qi
Transition & Translation
Sherre Vernon
Trauerspiel of Water
María DeGuzmán
In Conversation: María DeGuzmán, Kylie Gellatly, Monica Ong, Donna Spruijt-Metz, and Keith S. Wilson on Visual Poetry
Lydia Pejovic
Edward Lear’s Projection Limericks
Thomas Dilworth

Poem Beginning with a Line from Adam Zagajewski by Patricia Clark
Into Wildflower Into Field by Kai Coggin
Icebreaker with Neruda by Hilary King
Past Lives by Dion O’Reilly
My Fathers Death Room by Dion O’Reilly
Still Life by Jenny Qi
Transition & Translation by Sherre Vernon
Trauerspiel of Water by María DeGuzmán