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Letter from the Editor
by Kirk Ramdath
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Letter from the Editor
by Kirk Ramdath

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Keywords: eleventh transmission, poetry, fiction, photography, visual art, spoken word, film, socially engaged,
political, human experience, writing, satire, photojournalism, activist art, activism, socially conscious, art

Dear readers,

Thank you for reading this debut issue of
Eleventh Transmission.

This is a relaunch. I published 18 issues of
Eleventh Transmission
from April 2006 to March 2008. At that time I felt that it was necessary
for artists to be more socially engaged. Publishing the magazine was
my personal response to the world going to hell in a hand basket. When
I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2002, I was troubled by
what I perceived as the lack of social engagement by the academic
community. This was made all the more poignant by the heartbreak of
the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses in 2003. The massive anti-
war movement and the common knowledge that the war was being
perpetuated under false pretenses did nothing to stop it.

When I stopped publishing in 2008, it was to follow the muse. For
several years I was a spoken word performer and an organizer of live
poetry and music events in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where I live. I
continued to follow the muse, and as she led me to the stage, she also
led me away from it. I received a writing grant from Canada Council for
the Arts, and that would result in my first book --
Love in a Handful of
Dust
, published by Frontenac House. The theme of my book? In a
nutshell, "make love, not war." I am nothing if not consistent.

The name of my book is, with much respect, a direct dig at good old
T.S. Eliot's line from
The Waste Land, that the speaker will show us
"fear in a handful of dust".

Of what use is fear? None. Almost seven years after I last published
Eleventh Transmission, Western societies have become more
unequal and less democratic. The literature and art that can hold our
society accountable is seldom to be found. Instead, the art that is
celebrated is often that which goes out of its way to not threaten the
military-industrial complex, that prides itself on classism and elitism,
that eschews emotion in favour of logic, and that consciously denies
the presence of that vague and indeterminate thing that artists have
struggled to define -- the soul.

Nonetheless, I contend that to reveal the human condition is the
highest and most challenging task a writer or artist can undertake, and
that artists have a responsibility to use their freedom to hold their
societies to account for the injustices it imposes.

This is how we shall create the art of the revolution -- the art of a
proper fuck you to imperialism, capitalism, militarism, and patriarchy;
the art that dares to reveal the human condition; the art that dares to
reveals the soul.

Regards,

Kirk Ramdath
Publisher & Managing Editor
Eleventh Transmission
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