editor’s note / issue two

by Cindy Song, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to Issue 2, the issue of the comfort between seconds, the light filtered through blinds, the scrawl of a pen racing against time. This is the issue that asks the question of “why” — why do we do what we do? Why do we love and fear and grieve? Why and what do we exist for?

In this issue, you’ll find poems dedicated to autumn, poems that make you reminisce of childhood, poems that deconstruct time. You’ll find artwork for the wintery loneliness, the “void”, the tree stretching toward the sky, the frog living in a streetlamp. You’ll find words that transcend language and line breaks. As 2017 nears its end, let us enjoy this dwindling of light, like we are squinting at a photograph in the dusk. The darkness doesn’t have to be frightening if we embrace it and find solidarity within it. We can connect to each other by sharing our stories, demonstrated by Prose Editor Elizabeth Ruth Deyro in her piece “The Struggle to Become a Woman” or Art Editor Carl Scharwath’s interview with photographer Amanda Sinco. And if things get overwhelming, find peace in the mellow notes of music, which helps us all coalesce together.

A big thank you to all the contributors for making this issue perfect, and to the readers for taking the words and art along with them. I envision more growth for this “minute” publication in the future. Let’s treasure the daylight while it lasts (don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour)!


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