Announcing the release of The Rat, an executable, fully animated, interactive publication edited by Ray Succre, containing new poetry by Alan Morrison, Alissa Nielsen, Andrew David King, Christian Ward, Constance Stadler, Corey Mesler, David LaBounty, Dee Rimbaud, F.D. Marcel, Felino Soriano, Justin Hyde, L.Ward Abel, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Matina Stamatakis, Matthew Zapruder with Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman, Michael Lee Johnson, and Misti-Rainwater Lites, featuring an animated piece by Beau Blue, and original audio tracks by Kevin MacLeod.
Here's a link to the download:
Going through The Rat is somewhat like taking a very visual tour through some truly good poetry. Go grab something to drink, start up the mag, and settle in. If anyone would like to give a shout-out for The Rat, by all means, go for it. Feel free to send the link to anyone and everyone you think will enjoy it. I spent a lot of time on it and the poetry in the issue is superb. Make sure your speakers are on, because this thing has audio tracks, videos, flash animation, tons of images, effects, and text animations. It's a bit of an experience, if you don't mind me using that tired term.
The Rat is a single issue, invitation-only magazine I put together as a sort of present to some of the poets I greatly admire. On another note, I tried everything I could think of (and then some) in trying to create a program that would also function on a MAC, but simply couldn't do it. Sorry MAC users. Grab a friend who owns a PC, head over to their place, and hang out drinking coffee and taking a look at The Rat on their machine. They'll love the company and it's a good way to spend the afternoon. Besides, PC owners miss you. Come visit.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at raysuccre [at] hotmail.com. I check it pretty often and will get back to you shortly. Enjoy the mag.