Letter from the Essays & Reviews Editor:
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the third issue of our student magazine, Particle. I would argue, though, that it is not really fair that I do the introducing, since the work of this edition has been shared among a large group of writers and editors, and it should more properly be introduced by the students who have truly made this project a reality. However, they have asked me to do so, and so I will do my best! Particle started along with the School of English last year, and it very much is part of who we are as an academic community. Producing creative work of various types is an integral piece of our English puzzle, and the invaluable experience engaging with that work in the form of editing and re-writing is equally so. For this reason, whether our students are using their pens (or, let’s face it, their word processors) or attempting to guide them, at every level such participation is part of the overall learning process.
Further, I am very proud to see the engagement in this endeavor from all three of our campuses. For many, the idea of being in a global university with an international focus simply signifies a series of buzz words. For those who are engaged in Particle, it is a simple reality, as we happily accept submissions from our China and UK campuses. The differing life experiences from each campus help to enrich the writing we find throughout our three issues. What we can note, though, is that there is a common thread in much of the writing here, which was noted by our student editors in Issue 2 and has inspired this issue’s theme.
I don’t think we can pretend that every piece here directly takes the perspective of Adversity/Diversity – and given the slant for slightly risqué poetry, perhaps we even weigh heavier on the side of ‘adversity’ than planned! However, in struggling with the adversities of life, the poetry here speaks of the need for individuation in the face of our common foes: the lover we cannot be with and the person we cannot be without. The fiction speaks to the struggle between aesthetics and entertainment, myth and reality, civilization and barbarism, family and the outside world. The critical work also deals with love, though directly engaging with the work of others in order to find the author’s own voice.
Much of what is written here concerns the intimate struggle of what is inside vs. what is outside, which ultimately encapsulates nicely the theme: how we react to adversity of various kinds is what allows us to be diverse, though there is the underlying human-ness of the situation which makes it appealing to us all.
We hope that you enjoy reading these works as much as we did!
Essays & Reviews Staff Editor
Stories of Othello
Don’t Cane My Brother
A Tale of Two Authors
Ailments and Remedy
An Abundance of What Was Not
Garden of Love
Love Me: I Am Worthy