Thursday, 30 October 2008

CFP: Geometer (journal)

Geometer is a new cultural magazine dedicated to publishing interesting work in any format, including essay, poetry, prose, fiction, critique and profile, art, photography and music.

Geometer seeks writers of all disciplines interested in articulating their speciality for a broad but intelligent audience. We welcome historians interrogating the forgotten or obscured, biologists and neuroscientists with an eye for the cultural ramifications of their fields, architects and planners, geologists, musicians, film makers and artists of all kinds.

Our aim is to create a place for cultural and intellectual life outside of academia, outside of the commercial, and outside of the ever-proliferating range of narrow specialisations in the arts and sciences.

Named for the geometer moth* whose caterpillar, lacking the means to crawl appears to measure the world by the iterations of its forward movement, we take our direction from our namesake and from the many other associations of our name. We value subjective precision, earthbound ambition, and an empiricism grounded in the surfaces of contact between ourselves and the world.

Current and forthcoming articles include:

* James Byrne (editor of The Wolf) talks about the state of contemporary poetry in Britain and beyond
* Glenn Gould and the Idea of North
* Peter Philpot profiles the poet Paul Holman
* Zero Sum: How We Came to Distrust the Modern
* 'Tears in a Monsoon': Lil Wayne, Girl Talk and the Paradox of Choice
* A profile of musician, producer and sound artist Will Turner Duffin

Geometer is an independent and non-commercial enterprise.

*Over 300 varieties of geometer moth occur in the British Isles, 26,000 worldwide. The family name geometer, meaning literally 'earth-measurer', refers to the method of locomotion of its caterpillars, which lack the means to crawl. Instead the geometer caterpillar grasps the ground ahead with its forelegs, and by drawing up its hind end and arching its body, grips an adjacent point with its hind legs before propelling itself forward, reaching out to clasp a more distant point. In this way it appears that the caterpillar measures the earth by iterations of this same movement, using the length of its own body as its basic unit of measurement.

Geometer invites submissions of creative work and essays. Send an outline of your idea to

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