Letter from the editor: Litro #164: Senses

Our July issue takes a break from the more explicitly political stuff of June’s Alternative Facts issue, though politics will return – as if it’s ever absent from the times we live in! – in November’s Protest-themed issue (currently open for submissions).

For this issue, we sought sensual stories for a heady summer issue – gorgeous vistas (or eyesores), sweet scents (or foul stenches), delicious flavours (or ones that make you retch), melodious (or discordant) sounds, a loving touch or one less tender … but much good writing thrives on its sensory and telling details, and this was a very open theme, really, that attracted a lot of entries and allowed other themes to emerge.

Memory, for instance: in “Taiki-chū no chinmoku (The Silence of Waiting)”, by Alison McBain; an old woman remembers as her senses fade; and an old woman remembers her childhood too in Lilian Faschinger’s “Ice on the Lake” (translated by Geoffrey Howes). Meanwhile, in creative nonfiction, our writers themselves remember: Sherry Mendelson’s “Night on the Hill” is a memoir of childhood rebellion; while “Animal”, by Brianna Bjarnson, is about a life’s love of animals – dogs, horses, birds, goats, dogs – with perhaps other undercurrents too.

There’s slightly stranger work in Amy Crosby’s flash fiction “Oasis”, Charlie Keyheart’s “The New Victorians”, and Douglas J. Ogurek’s “They’re Just … Here”, in the last of which there are watchful aliens among us – and, for the eye, there’s some varied visual art, by Anna Martin, Trevin Wyant, Nelly Sanchez, and Ashley Parker Owens.

Eric Akoto

About Eric Akoto

Eric Akoto is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Litro Magazine. His passions lie in progressive politics, freedom of expression, quality & independence in arts and journalism, social enterprise, secularism, good technology, and above all the power of fiction to connect and bring a level of empathy to different peoples. With a journalistic background his writing has featured in various magazines, and contributed to various books he also curates and comperes at festivals such as The Latitude Festival and the Hay Festival. The first thing he does when visiting a city is to don a pair of trainers and go for a jog around the city. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day.

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