This issue began with fire. We started accepting pieces and somehow, fire was mentioned in all of them. Maybe this is our theme, we mused. The world is on fire, and it’s seeping into our collective art. But other pieces came into the queue that we also loved and although they didn’t mention fire, they contained fires of their own. The burning desires to love and to be loved, to find who you are, to remake yourself into someone better. Our second issue gathered itself—a collection of desires around relationships: with lovers, with families, with ourselves.
This issue reminds me of something beautiful I recently read about wildland fires: A wildland fire looks at first like devastation, but soon, the soil—rejuvenated by ash—becomes a theater for new life. I can’t think of a better way to enter this season of spring, of new life, than by reminiscing over versions of us who came before, full of hope for the versions of us who will come next.
Table of Contents
|Spam Love Poem||Poetry||C.M. Crockford|
|Better Things in Pittsburg||Flash CNF||Cole Hediger|
|Floyd’s Left Leg||Fiction||Travis Cravey|
|fire on water||Poetry||Joshua Effiong|
|Take Me Somewhere Nice||Flash Fiction||Noreia Rain|
|Dead Shopping Mall||Flash Fiction||Nick Olson|
|Chicken Legs||Flash CNF||Heidi Nieling|
|We Splash||Flash Fiction||Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera|
|I will be a person who composts||Poetry||Kate Hargreaves|
|Relationship Quiz||Interactive||Vast Chasm Editors|