AN ABSENCE / ABUNDANCE OF GOODWILL - PAUL GORMAN
Cut in the Fence is proud to bring you their second publication partnering with Philly-based poet, dreamer, photographer, human, Paul Gorman. AN ABSENCE / ABUNDANCE OF GOODWILL contains a collection of 10 poems centering around family, loss, fucking up, and forgiveness. Paul's style has tinges of hip hop lyrics, full of cultural references and twisted benders. These pieces were written in late 2019, before this international pandemic and it's layers of fatal impact, yet they speak very much to these times. This zine seems strangely in tune with economic depression, drug use, and complicated family dynamics.
What makes this zine a classic is the pairing of Paul's complex detailed words with his observational photography and Adam Void's design work. There are photos of brothers and best friends, abandoned row homes and broken pay phones. The inset section of images almost read as a supplemental photo zine within a poetry book. Even in the final piece of writing stapled to the back cover, Paul Gorman leaves us a summary of contemporary existence; "So we sit here in this parking lot staring at a clock on a cracked phone screen. This forthcoming zine is dedicated to making it / breaking it / and all that came in between."
first edition of 100 copies
20 pages black & white printing on tan paper, and 20 pages of color / bw printing on thick laser stock with a color cardstock cover and a 3 page black and white addendum stapled to the back cover.
7" x 8.5"
content : Paul Gorman - 2019
design : Adam Void - 2020
production : Cut in the Fence - 2020