Category Archives: Poetry

The New Ugu

I guess it’s time for Oziana 1984. The cover by Melody Grandy shows a typical inhabitant of the Pink and Blue Countries of Sky Island, which is relevant to the first story. The introduction explains that, since L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

The 1979 Oziana starts out by saying three stories “seems to be a typical number,” which is generally true, although the previous one had four. The cover illustration by Rob Roy MacVeigh shows the Scarecrow in a cornfield, with a … Continue reading

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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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Jinnicky’s Body

We’re now up to the Oziana from the year I was born, 1977. The front cover shows the royal palace of Oogaboo, as drawn by Albert Chronic. The introductory page has a political cartoon by Bill Eubank that isn’t really that … Continue reading

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Truth or Sand Witches

The 1975 Oziana is the last one with Gary Ralph as editor, and the majority of it consists of one story, but it’s a good one. “The Romance of the Silver Shoes,” by Laura Jane Musser – A longer tale … Continue reading

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Abra Kadabra, I Want to Reach Out and Grab Ya

The 1974 Oziana starts with a mention of of some Oz manuscripts the editor, Gary Ralph, had heard about: Christmas in Oz, The Woozy of Oz, and Traleewu in Oz. There are books by Robin Hess and March Laumer with … Continue reading

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Batoose, Batoose!

It’s on to the 1973 Oziana, and I feel like this one is somewhat lacking in unique content, as some of it was published elsewhere. That said, these publications were quite limited and I don’t have copies, so that’s not … Continue reading

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Follow the Arrow

Sculpture by John Raimondi Abaris the Hyperborean is one of those mysterious magicians who shows up in multiple sources, and has led to additional speculation and apocryphal stories in more recent times. He was first mentioned in Archaic Greek texts, He is … Continue reading

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Pearls Before Nomes

I was thinking about doing an Oziana reread, as I know there were aspects of some of the stories I wanted to explore further. Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of the journal, and the International Wizard of Oz Club … Continue reading

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My God Can Beat Up Your God

I can’t remember how I was originally signed up for Quora, but I do find it interesting to read some of the answers, especially about mythology. Like much of the Internet, answers are from both experts and people who are just … Continue reading

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