A season of initiation, of reprieve from winter, the gray days, the long nights. Summer is the season of growth, opening us to first jobs (I was a lawn boy), to first loves (Amy. I never told her I loved her. I was fourteen). It is hard to put words to that change, as it is as gradual as the sun bronzing our bodies in the heat of June, July, and August. But changed we are. Initiated to a newly minted version of ourselves.
In accordance, we have a newly minted version of the journal, our third, initiating a balance between the brilliance of a North Carolina beach and the darker hues that come with the spell of the season. The journal itself is passing its initiation from infancy, ending the 2007 volume, and publishing its first international author. We initiated a new managing editor, Amy Singletary, whose reading and research have been both insightful and exemplary. Our thanks to Susan Snowden, who graciously copy edited this issue. Also, Lonnie Busch has swung on board to co edit, watching my back and also garnering credits for design and cover photo. This issue would not be possible without him. I want to thank Brevard College for providing us a home and giving the journal a warm welcome. Finally, we want to thank you, the readers.
So here it is, issue three. Hopefully it will find you in a shaded lawn chair with a cool drink in your hand, pausing a moment before diving in, beginning, starting, initiating, if you will, the journey we have given over to you.
Elizabeth Collier Denton | A List of Things Lost
Stephanie McCall | Guns, Goblets and God
Barbara Daniels | Water, Year of the Drought
Marcel Brouwers |The Rose Industrial Complex, Vectors
Thomas Rain Crowe | Was, The Thief of Words
Catherine Sherman | Day Lilies, Aurora Borealis
Jennifer Frayer-Griggs | First Explorations of the Body
Lynn Shaffer | Funeral, The Hunt
Sarah Anne White | Pike County Pastimes, Origins
Laura Hirneisen | Moss on Roof
Jesse Graves | Wrightsville Beach, For the Frozen Wood
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