This month we have combed through your submissions and here are some of the best we’ve received. Our two biggest themes seem to be history and time, which waft throughout many of our poems and our essays.
In Creative Nonfiction
In his essay, Refrigerators at the End of the Road, John Messick explores our boundless push to continue exploring, and while his journey begins and ends in Alaska, we venture with him through Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
What would we do if time evaporated? Peter Korchnak learns what it’s like to consider it during his travels through Cuba, where “island time” presides. Read more here: The Land of Lost Time.
We bring you two essays with the warmth and intensity of personal narrative, Photo Me and Running For Her Life. In Photo Me, Becki Kapelusznik learns to see again by the stone of the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, and in Running For Her Life, Kaarina Stiff heads to Costa Rica to run a marathon—and honours the memory of her mother.
Our last essay takes place in Budapest, the land of Zsofia McMullen’s childhood and first memories. Little does she know, her memories also belong to her five year old son, Sam. Read Keepers of History.
In Poetry this month we are pleased to have poet Todd Osborne (Primer) and Andrea DeZubiria (Los Mochis, 1993). In addition, we head to hills with poets Eleanor Swanson (in Disturbance of Surfaces) and Trina Gaynon (with Wawona Meadow). Read all of these for yourselves, please, I would hate to editorialize a poem! Our last poet is Jared Pearce with his small collection, entitled Places, In and Out.
In Review, Francis DiClemente interviews the Indonesia travel writer, Shivaji Das about his book, Journeys with the Caterpillar. Together they discuss the real impacts that travel has on us, and how we are changed on our journeys. Read more here: Journey with the Caterpillar: A Conversation.
In Visual Art
We are very lucky this month to be featuring the work of Pete Madzelan. In his fascinating journey through New Mexico’s doorways and petroglyphs, we explore where we’ve come from in his photo essay, Doorways to the Past. We are also excited to feature Adrienne Waterston and her work, My Hero and Other Follies, in large silkscreens. Read the inspiration for her work here.
Also, a warm thank you to Darryl from PEI Photogenix, a man I chased down for his photo that i “jumped” at via Instagram. Please, feel free to submit your photos and artwork that you feel might be suitable for us.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to Cargo Literary this month, and don’t forget to share Cargo with someone who loves the road.