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Silk Road is renowned for its diverse content, exploration of various rich themes, and overall accessibility. Forget spending hours perusing news articles in an unsuccessful attempt to become cultured; everybody could use a little diversity in their life, and Silk Road is the perfect starting point.

So, why should you get a subscription to Silk Road?

If for no other reason, consider the sheer diverse nature of the Silk Road literary magazine. Genres include poetry, fiction, interviews, and nonfiction. This content is written and submitted by a myriad of prolific writers and international talent. Each submission that we publish is selected because of its rich intellectual wealth and all-around insightful nature.

An edition of Silk Road is its own cultural experience, winding its way through colorful mediums of expression. You can immerse yourself in powerful short stories, or detailed nonfiction accounts of day to day life. Writers often reveal the timelessness and nuances of their respective cultures through their writing style and subject matter; the contributors chosen for Silk Road are no exception to this rule.

For each issue of Silk Road, we carefully work our way through dozens of submissions to choose the perfect aesthetic and curate the best work, with the theme of the current issue and a high standard of quality in mind. Our end goal is always excellence in regard to both content and its appeal, which is why we strive to bring you handpicked examples of authors’ finest writing.



The creative potential and rich appeal inherent in these stories is the backbone of this magazine; however, Silk Road’s greatest strength lies in its organic cultural insights. There is no doubt that the sociology and anthropology of one’s culture are best expressed through art and writing, and Silk Road takes the best examples thereof in order to paint an accurate, down-to-earth portrait of life. Similarly, its structure and fluid transitions between mediums of expression keeps the reader informed, entertained, and engaged all at once.

Not only is Silk Road entertaining, but it also has great potential to be used as teaching device. Envision a scenario in which the aged methodology inherent in teaching introductory sections of areas such as sociology or anthropology is challenged by the literary magazine’s riveting content and overall readability; such a scenario is completely reasonable and accessible. We believe that the best way into a culture is through its stories, and Silk Road provides a rich cultural image through detailed and expansive written works.

We look forward to sharing our selected works with you in hopes of furthering your cultural awareness.

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By: Jack Lloyd



A Witless Poetic Itinerary

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As a reader and writer of poetry, being a reviewer for Silk Road literary magazine has taught me a few things about the wide world of publishing. First off, there is a lot of material devoid of merit floating through the tubes of the internet. Secondly, there are a lot of journals and magazines that don’t publish certain kinds of pieces, regardless of the merit they actually might have. At Silk Road, we have been trying to find written work that lends an international perspective to an audience, and for some reason, I have had to sift through countless poems about death and approximately four poems about frogs.

As a writer, one should probably find out which publishers accept which kinds of material before deciding which publisher he or she would suit best, and only then should a decision be made about where the piece is sent. Of course, this is all granted that a written work of a specific theme or genre is worth the paper it is printed on. Honestly, I am not pretentious, arrogant, condescending, dismissive, snobby, or presumptuous, but lately, I have been reading lots of good poetry, and it would be an understatement to say that basically every poem I went through paled in comparison.

Now that that’s off my chest, I would like to say a few things about themes of poetry: Some are fitting, and some are not understandable to regular people. It pains me to say so, but readers constitute the entire reason that anything has ever, in the history of any language since the beginning of thought, been published, and most of those readers are regular people. Without the reader, one’s poem is pure catharsis, just as cutting cans with a samurai sword is.

I have heard many a person say “people are stupid.” I have said that myself. During my stint as a reviewer, there have been many poems that seemed to not be about anything when I finished reading the last line. Some poets would tell me that I am stupid, and others would sit down with me and try to articulate the poetic motif that had struck their very hearts with an inspiring bolt of sluggish transcendence. Both of those poets need to work on their writing. Other poems I read during my reviewing stint were slightly entertaining and instructing, but Silk Road magazine was not a publisher that wanted anything to do with their subject matter.

In the art of poetry, there is a cunning connection that one can make between style and content. In the realm of publishing, there is an immediate relation between what was written and what is desired. A great writer works with all of these aspects in a way that brings the written word to life, so to speak. A mediocre writer works with two of these aspects, if “what is written” is still being counted as one. There is just one way to fix a disparity between either association, and that is with research or study.

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