From the Editors
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree. —Martin Luther
Too often, these last two years, we’ve felt as though the world might, tomorrow, go to pieces. Issue #16 goes live as once again the world trembles. We offer you three, long, deep breaths. Three small, very different, impressionist journeys. Nate Maxson’s ekphrastic “Winter Solstice 2021” unwinds—marches in a column, in long retreat across the empty spaces—from a scene of a very different time, in a very different Russia. Joy Gaines-Friedler’s narrator in “We Will Not March Back” tells the story of a life moving through gunshot, trying to find a way back, wanting to spin free. The movement in Kristen Roach’s “Last Responder” comes from the reader’s eye over the page, through a collection of text tumbled through space and then settling on two final words. In which we read hope. Spring is coming.
—Claire, Suzanne, Cheryl
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