FORTH Magazine

FORTH was created to explore, examine, and expose the work of both established and up-and-coming artists and writers. Through these digital pages, we take readers into the world of the author, the mind of the poet, the vision of the artist, to gain a unique perspective of the often intriguing, sometimes haunting, always strange, little worlds of our most innovative creators. Our mission is to support writers and artists by exposing their work and exploring their lives, and to maintain a recurring set of innovative writers and journalists that you'll only see in our pages. Our content isn't classical or traditional. We publish short format writing for the modern reader and contemporary art that challenges the modern onlooker. Curated in Los Angeles, CA, FORTH represents art and literature in a way that resonates with an evolving need for interactive media. The West Coast is on the scene. Welcome and enjoy!
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The Imperfect Is Our Paradise: Artwork by Clare Byrne

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Much of my work begins as a visual ode to a memory. I focus on a scene that feels familiar or nostalgic, and somewhere in the process of materialization, the image almost always takes on an uncomfortable quality. An originally endearing subject can become simultaneously eerie with the simple addition or subtraction of a few lines. Bordering these two ideas have highlighted some…

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Painting to Remember: An Interview with Paige Jiyoung Moon

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Before there was the Internet, there was pre-Internet, and anything before that, well, that’s a job for Google. Having recently uttered the words “back in my day,” to my own quarter-life surprise and chagrin, I realized how lucky I was to have been birthed pre-Internet, pre-iPhone, pre-emoji. While most of us hold our precious images…

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Old Age and Lost Eyeballs: Fiction By Kate LaDew

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Snorri sneezed with conviction. His nose flew off his face, smacking Smithee smack in the eyeball. The eyeball fell out and rolled towards Rowan’s rubber leg. The rubber leg ricocheted off Smithee’s lost eyeball and bashed into Bradley’s backgammon game, pinging red and black pegs past Polka Mountain’s residents. One caught in Edie’s earring, flinging…

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Meeting like Two Canaries in a Coal Mine: Poetry by Andrew Stark

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  Lilium are true lilies, with flowers large and fragrant— whites, yellows, oranges, pinks. Most bulbs are deeply buried, but a few form near the soil surface, their roots, appropriately, are adventitious. Some seeds ripen in late summer, others are dormant during winter months. Lilium tsingtauense, debile occidentale, amabile, regale lilium hansonii and michiganese. Many…

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It Is Hard Work and Great Art to Make Life Not so Serious: Artwork by Anthony Zinonos

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“The pop artists did images that anybody walking down Broadway could recognize in a split second,” Andy Warhol said, “comics, picnic tables, men’s trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles. All the great modern things that the Abstract Expressionists tried not to notice at all.” Artist Anthony Zinonos seems to understand the necessity of accessibility,…

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