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Scarab

 

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With the likes of Charles Simic, Tony Hoagland, Chase Twichell, Major Jackson, and David Rivard—as well as exciting new talent—Scarab is the only literary magazine for your phone that features the best contemporary artists reading their work to you.

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Wired.com writes: "We had some hands-on time with the app, and we absolutely love the clean interface and the idea as a whole. ... with some smart execution, we think Scarab has an opportunity to become tremendously popular among creative writers and literature enthusiasts."

NOTE: Each issue is purchased separately, but one poem per issue will always be free; tap its title in the issue preview to view it. (Tip: Tap the star to mark it as a favorite in order to come back to it more easily.) And don't forget, 22% of the purchase price goes straight to the artists who spend their time producing top quality art for us all to enjoy.

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Scarab offers a unique experience: listen to and read along with the best in contemporary poetry and prose. Featuring the work of Charles Simic, Tony Hoagland, Chase Twichell, and David Rivard—as well as exciting new talent—Scarab combines the thrill of a live public reading with the intimacy of a phone call from a friend.

Each issue issue presents eleven new works, available only in Scarab and read by the author. Like any magazine, each issue is purchased separately; before you buy it you’ll receive a preview of all the writers featured as well as free text and audio of one of its poems. When you’re ready, you can purchase the issue in the application through your iTunes account. Apple directly handles the secure transaction using the new "in app" purchasing. And because we believe good writing is worth paying for, 22% of the purchase price goes directly to the artists.

In addition to a free poem with each issue, we also provide a transcript of our podcast interview with a well known author (with helpful footnotes from our editor). The audio is available for free in our podcast; you can find a link to it from our website www.scarabmag.com.

We believe with Ezra Pound that, “Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.” Good writing is like that light: it helps us perceive the world more clearly. Try Scarab out and see for yourself.

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Comments from Beta Testers

— I needed only to tap on one poem before I realized how eager I was to devour the rest of the issueincredibly rare for a lit journal, in my experience.

— Really, really awesome and adds immense value to hear the poets themselves read it aloud. Ingenious concept that brought the poems to life.

— Scarab is like a reading in a bookstore...you feel the personality of the writer, like he's a friend sharing something he scribbled in the middle of the night and had to show you.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

5/5 stars

Pure quality

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Scarab is a really nice product; poetry and prose read by the creators, as if they were in the same room with you. Each issue provides a number of pieces, including interviews. The app itself is free and each new issue is purchased via downloadable content and then played through the core app. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the artists, so by subscribing to this journal, we can fuel their future efforts.

Releasing a periodical literary journal via downloadable content on the iPhone was a great idea, in and of itself, because it allows such a personal and intimate experience. For each piece, the listener is provided with an audio reading, directly from the voice of the artist, as well as a photo, to put a face to the words. What really set this title apart, for me, is the quality of the work offered. The work of fiction in the first installment, by Michael Gutierrez is excellent, as is the poem by, and interview of, David Rivard. What really sold me on Scarab, though, was this beautiful piece by MRB Chelko:

-Night Rain-

Awake, I want to score the walls-
slash my quick life into them.

Signature.
Signature.
Signature.

I want to fall in shadow sticks across
the wall,
slice breath-holes in the room,
not sit
as this woman sits
in the dumb shelter of her body

as if the night will
spit its worm silk in her mouth.

I think this is a phenomenal project and I urge anyone that is mildly interested to pick up this app. It's brilliantly conceived and well executed.

Update: The second issue is now available, via in-app purchase, and I am happy to say that it provides the same level of quality as the first issue ; an excellent selection of voices in poetry.

P.S.- Please ignore any users that are rating the app low because it is not free; as you can see, the app is free.

5/5 stars

enjoyable

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just needs more content. it's mid november here - where is the new issue?

2/5 stars

If it is going to cost

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If you are going to have to spend over 2 dollars for content then the application should at least be free.

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