As another year’s end quickly approaches, the poems, stories, and essays that invited us into Issue 28 offered reflections of this contemplative and transitional time. You will find poems deeply invested in exploring memory and those that note the importance of reveling in small, daily delights. You will find prose pieces that depict ways the current pandemic affects our lives as well as pieces that display a sense of hope in the face of loss. With three poetry reviews, Genevieve Hartman connects with Tariq Luthun in her review of the chapbook, How the Water Holds Me, Jose Padua explores self-preservation and renewal in his examination of Michael Simms’s new poetry collection Nightjar, and Sean Norton relates to Bobby Johnston’s debut, The Saint I Ain’t.
All the work included in the issue has a sense of connection—either seeking it, reflecting on it, or celebrating it. We hope you enjoy this issue and celebrate with us.