another year, another editorial, another thematic choice that is quite difficult to convey! once again, I find myself pondering how to write to you all at the onset of our seventh publication, an issue that has been truly exceptional to work on. metamorphosis can be defined as “a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.” it is, inherently, all-encompassing –– change by internal or external means, by nature or by the unnatural, of the body, mind, or soul. it is indicative of any kind of transformation that one, or one’s environment, may undergo, and, more importantly, the evidence of one’s response to it. a metamorphosis, therefore, is the demonstration of triumph, and the celebration of overcoming.
this collection of poetry touches on all of these things –– there is work that considers physical change, mental change, and change of belief; work that transforms myth, language, and the natural world; and work that acts as a renewal, a rebirth, a requiem of emotion, experience, and evocation. it is with great pleasure and no small amount of pride that I bring these things to you to read and enjoy, peruse and soak. ‘metamorphosis’, to me, is close to my chest, and indicative of all that I strive to do here at our press: to change, as always, for the better, and continue to put poetry into the world that is not just emotive, sincere, and familiar, but beautifully and gloriously triumphant.
love, as always,
editor of the madrigal