The idea behind Do Not Look at the
Sun is 'Found Poetry/ Free Prose'. Set up in 2009 by two friends with
time on their hands and an old printer they'd plundered from work, the first
issue was made and left sitting on stools and seat cushions in
cafés and bars around Paris for anyone to pick up. Since then,
copies have been left indiscriminately throughout the city- from
seats on the metro to park benches and mail boxes. It has been published on postcards and broadsides, as well as street walls, trees, and toilet stalls. Printed issues can be found in certain obliging bookshops and online. It has since spread to towns and cities throughout Europe and the US.
Each issue is a collection of short stories and poems, as well as notes, thoughts, diary entries and other words that have no place elsewhere. Words that may have no business in other literary journals or arts reviews, but words that nevertheless deserve to be heard: One-line poems, streams of thoughts and lucid dreams that have no outlet anywhere other than the pages of people’s personal notebooks. It is ‘misfit lit’.
If you would like to get involved in distributing this in your local area (wherever it may be) then don't hesitate to get in contact- donotlookatthesun @ gmail.com- and we'll send you further details.
We are currently looking for submissions from anyone, anywhere. The focus is on writing, though photography and artwork is also welcome. If you can combine the forms then all the better! See the submissions page for more information.
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