Welcome to our second issue. This year has been fraught with tension and discord. Among all the white noise, we hope that this can be a space for you to be vulnerable.
Anne Carson writes: “ To be seen / feeling anything strips you / naked. In the grip of it / pleasure or pain doesn’t / matter. You think what / will they do what new / power will they acquire if / they see me naked like / this. If they see you / feeling. You have no idea / what. It’s not about them. / To be seen is the penalty.”
When it’s done just right, art should feel a little like nakedness. The act of creating anything at all is a process of self-excavation. It’s a necessary catalyst that sparks conversation and reflection.
We hope autumn is kind to you,
Serena Lin and Vivian Lu
September 3, 2018
Cover art by Kayleigh Schweiker