“Again and again something in one’s own life, or in that around one, will seem so important that one cannot bear to let it pass into oblivion.”
Lady Murasaki – The Tale of the Genji.
When we speak of rapture, it is always something that must come from a religious occurance or event. Indeed, it should be something so moving that it shakes you to the core, but why should that always be something spiritual?
The pieces selected this month seem to arise from this feeling of being moved so deeply that it sets the pen into motion. They run a whole gamut of topics, but the effect is the same; the writers were all so enraptured by something, they had to immortalise in words. They explore an alternate universe and are empowered to create new dimensions and original stories that transcend the common and the everyday.
Like in The Prayer, a simple but clever use of the extended metaphor invites you to sympathise with the persona’s arduous but persistent drive to stay hopeful despite overwhelming odds. Accomplice(s) is chaotic and has no clear delineation between any of the speakers in the poem, drawing you into the confusion of having a duplicitous personality.
Other pieces like you are what you eat (you know what that is) and Oral Fixation will have you rapt with fascination for a whole other reason. The grotesque concepts of cannibalism and Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior disorder are explored in these poems.
With that in mind, I invite you to explore and uncover different realms of the mind this month in this issue of Epiphany Magazine.
Siti Sarah Daud,