Volume II of Emanations, International Authors’ engaging anthology series is now available. Edited by the ever-intrepid Carter Kaplan, it follows the tripartite plan of its predecessor, showcasing English language fiction, poetry and prose from around the world.
Resolutely battling the fads and fashions of academia, Emanations: Second Sight plots a perilous path through the morasses of postmodernism, as it seeks to discover what might constitute the avant-garde in this rapidly-changing age. Readers fazed by Dr Kaplan’s somewhat inconclusive introductory manifesto (the fruit of an impromptu online symposium) will gain much from persevering, as the collection features some solid and original contributions, supporting the good doctor’s assertion that “the avant-garde announces that there is before us something actually original.”
Fictional highlights include “Sequences”, a haunting short story by Michael Butterworth and “The Bottomless Bottle of Beer” a Bulgakovian satire carried out with aplomb by Horace Jeffrey Hodges. Verse occupies over a third of the volume and includes substantial work such as Dario Rivarossa’s self-illustrated Milton-influenced piece "PL575". The non-fiction section is shorter, but traverses a diverse range of themes from the decline of American technological supremacy observed through the prism of an artistic “Space Program: Mars” installation, through to an interesting appreciation of Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera”.