Issue 2 places us in the middle of time and space. There is movement and longevity here.
In creative nonfiction, we have Robert Vivian’s dervish essay, in which we are carried away for a moment in a sensory burst, amidst the chaos of Turkish life and the laughter of children. We have Sarah Baldwin’s essay, where we return to a former self and introduce questions. We learn through reflection and experience, often reliving these formative times, and Sarah asks, to what benefit?
In James Ross’s “Why We Leave” and Mikey Wasnidge’s “Pursuing Perspective,” we examine the need to go versus the desire for comfort and security. For most of us, travel takes shape for months before we go, plateaus in a series of wildly uncontrolled environments, changes our mindset along the way and rekindles wonder. This leaves us with simmering inspiration and creativity upon return. Read more about the cognitive benefits of travel here.
In review, Laura Michele Diener examines the recently released, “Reclaiming Travel” by Ilan Stavans and Joshua Ellison. This an account of the length between travel and tourism, and Diener calls the book, “a wealthy and varied study of travel writers from Herodotus to Mark Twain, interspersed with a smattering of film and postmodern philosophy”.
In photography, we have Richard LeBlond’s magnificent photos of the Oregon coastline, and photographer Kyle Hemmings’ unique perspectives on Manhattan and the East Village. They are decidedly different with each presenting a folio of images of that which we are consumed with — the natural world and urbanization.
In poetry we have Kathleen Gallagher’s poetic misadventure, “Take the Q70 to the F Train?”, Tyler Brewington’s “False Spring” and David Ishaya Osu’s “The Centre” and other works. Each poem deals with movement in different ways, from the literal to the philosophical to the transformational.
And finally, we have two authors with relations to Thailand: Sunisa Manning’s muse on identity in her micro essay, “Tibetans” and Karissa Sorrell in “Solid Ground”.
Gratitude to Christopher Woods for his submission of “Trunks, Wells” was accepted for the cover of Issue 2.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all my supporters from AWP in Minneapolis, who are solidifying and encouraging my quest for literary adventure and creative expansion through Cargo.