The theme for Issue 9.2 is [de]humanization:
Strip searches. Detainment centers. Myths about money or laziness or crime. Throughout history, humans in power have invented thousands of cruel and disturbingly common ways to separate themselves from those they oppress. This psychological trick of separation insists that what makes us human cannot be fundamental but instead must be earned or approved and may be granted or taken away. We as writers believe that the essence of humanity runs deeper, that characters become real when, no matter where they come from or what they’ve done, we can look into their eyes and recognize our own. We embrace the implicit challenge in the famous Terence quote, “Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto / Nothing human is alien to me,” the uncomfortable truths it might unearth within us. For our upcoming themed issue, we invite poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual poetry that mobilizes the singularly human need for art in defense of what is human, what is sacred. Pieces might also explore the notion of essential humanness through its apparent absence, making use of technology or experiment to question this link between humanity and art. We seek your affirmations and your denials, your losses and recoveries, you disconnections and reunions.
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