Review: Popshot Magazine – The Hope Issue
Combining a fresh collection of short stories and poetry, inspired by the buoyant theme of ‘hope’, the 16th edition of Popshot Magazine hit the shelves this week.
Popshot Magazine‘s editor Jacob Denno introduces the issue with an aptly pointed mention of the two most potentially tectonic events of recent times – Donald Trump’s Presidential candidacy, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Via these potentially culture shifting references he reminds us that hope itself is “inherently timeless”, and that such significant moments are not in themselves historically rare.
Nonetheless, the theme of ‘hope’ feels timely, and within the edition’s pages writers and artists have been brought together in the shadows of such uncertainty to cast light upon ways of thinking and feeling about the imminence of the future; reminding us that hope itself can be woven through with emotive juxtapositions, instincts and sensations, or the reasons to challenge or persevere.
Hope implies transition, and behind Denno’s introduction, the language of change travels through the edition’s pages. Many of the included pieces have titles that speak of nature and the environment, alluding to the transitions of people, places, and objects alike; The Cavern by Katie Overstall, illustrated by Lauren Crow, explores the physical sensation of hope and fear.
Airbag, by Lucy Winrow, illustrated by Ivan Canu, is a poem about catharsis, through the act of lighting paper sky lanterns; The Disappearance, by James Hatton, illustrated by Oliver McAinsh, a story of hope during an imagined war, and one womans experience as part of a strange worldwide disappearance.
Hope treads an intriguing path between darkness and light, pessimism and optimism. It is the ground for believing that something good may happen, typically from a place where goodness hasn’t prevailed.
True to form, Popshot has delivered a stylish, considered and provocative series of new literary works, that range from the deeply personal to the contemporary germane. The issue feels relevant beyond its title, featuring words and imagery that are both inquisitive and poignant, fearless and sincere. Experience hope through all of its interpretations and imaginings, and perhaps take away a fresh perspective to remain pensive and optimistic towards the future.
Popshot Magazine ‘The Hope Issue’ (Issue 16) is out now and available to purchase for £6 + p&p.