For our inaugural issue of Volume 4, we are exploring themes of hope and humanity as we reflect on a tumultuous year. Volume 4 will also take a different format: we will publish five to six pieces each month instead of three pieces every other week. We will also be publishing more book reviews on a biweekly basis.
For Issue 1 of Volume 4, our Founding Editor, Steve McCondichie, has contributed an essay that delves into the many different pains we have all experienced this year and how we might move on from 2020.
Two art pieces–a triptych by C. Christine Fair and a collage from C. R. Resetarits–stare unblinkingly at the virus and its consequences, how we dare to hope for a brighter future.
Two poems by Mary Helen Callier highlight personal struggles in an isolated world.
And lastly, Laura Ohlmann’s poem considers a community at odds, a feeling of isolation even within relationships, and, finally, the emblematic resiliency of nature.