In his art, Kristian Brevik seeks to explore boundaries - between art and science, between humans and other species, between artist and material. How does one bleed into the other? Where do we draw distinctions? How much are we all the same? These questions — about metamorphosis, stasis, and the complex ways we negotiate that space between self and other - serve as an apt theme for Issue #37.
In "Fireflies," nonfiction author Wendy Fontaine’s keen observations of her daughter’s journey through adolescence highlight the fleeting nature of childhood. The fireflies her daughter captures in a jar, fragile yet uniquely equipped to survive in a harsh world, are beautifully depicted as creatures worthy of our attention. What can we learn from their light, their transformation?
Casey Lefante’s fiction piece, "Honey Bee," begins at a high school dissection table, where the main character is tasked with dismembering a different winged creature - the honey bee. From here, we travel with her as she grapples with family tragedy and her intense emotional pain. Lefante deftly tackles issues related to social justice through the eyes of a young girl at the front lines.
Our featured poet, Urvashi Bahuguna, uses striking language and imagery to explore the complicated relationship between a child and a parent, between the power of memory and letting go, between the self that once was and the self that could be. In "Spare Me This Love for Family Tonight," she ends with the striking lines:
“Let’s drink a little, habiba, it took me
years to dance here – in my own skin for whole minutes
without needing another and with age, habiba, with time,
jaaneman, the minutes only grow, only multiply.”
There’s a fierceness of spirit here, a sense of becoming, and a reminder to find joy in the small moments of life.