CHRIS KISS - Kiss Off Zine
We both love(d) The Weakerthans, obsess over consuming all the movies certain directors have made, and have gathered people around us that many people would not consider befriending. This feeling climaxed when the line in an obscure William Carlos Williams poem that I’ve been quoting for half a decade (“Danse Ruse”) shows up in the zine, quoted by Chris: “I am lonely, lonely, I was born lonely, I am best so.” When I saw that quote on the page I threw the zine across the room and yelled, “Fuck off!”
It never occurred to me that maybe, I’m not so unique. That, there are other people leading very similar lives, parallel to mine, common by content but never crossing paths. Maybe, that’s what zine culture is, the discovery that there are others who are genuinely like you; people that have chosen to love art and others unconditionally.
“Danse Ruse” is a poem about waking up, dancing naked in a mirror, and knowing that you are truly alone, a culture unto yourself. Others are not like you. But what this issue of Kiss Off made me realize was, though I may be dancing naked in the mirror, I never truly dance alone." - Dustan Hlady (Broken Pencil)