As this issue came together, we noticed a thread running through it: instinctive reactions, even compulsive inclinations. As individuals and as a deeply intertwined collective, we sometimes engage in destructive behaviors, imitate some version of ourselves or what is expected of us, stumble along a path that leads us further from who we want to become. But also, we untangle ourselves from what doesn’t serve us, we fight back against harm and injustice, we discover our authenticity and embrace what is possible.
During a time of increasing unrest, this issue’s contributors and their words remind us to look to the future, to reclaim our innate strength, and to remember that we are each valuable and deserving. Despite ourselves, others, politics, harmful movements and hate, there is love, there is hope, there is what comes next.
Table of Contents
|A Zoo Marriage||Flash Fiction||Will Musgrove|
|Confessions||Flash Fiction||Matt Barrett|
|Small Town Trap||Poetry||Matthew Pritt|
|Another Successful Social Interaction||Flash Fiction||Sara Watkins|
|Survival Guide||CNF||Lucy Jayes|
|When I Wassss Young||Flash Fiction||Susan L. Lin|
|seeing and other holy tricks||Poetry||m.o. kng|
|Choose Your Own Adventure||Interactive||Vast Chasm Editors|