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.