805 Issue 6.1

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From the Editor

My grandmother always said, for something bitter, something sweet. With her words in mind, and with the blessing of the rest of 805’s team, I decided to publish the March 2020 issue as planned. The pandemic has been bitter to many people, and it threatens to bring bitterness to millions more. A small literary journal run by a public library can’t stop a virus as it whips around the world. But a small literary journal can bring sweetness to the writers and artists who have patiently waited to see their work published. Please join me as I set aside the fear in my heart to let in the sweetness of pride for our contributors.

 

We often think something big needs to happen to create change, whether it’s change within ourselves, our relationships, or the world in general. But the pieces in this issue show us that change, whether good or bad, occurs slowly over countless, unremarkable days. In “The Shearling,” Laura Voivodeship shows how quiet determination to learn to shear a sheep leads to a new sense of self over time.  In “Bridges” by Sarah Perret-Goluboff, the narrator subconsciously feels her relationship wane long before she can admit it and face the decision she must make. In “Saturated” Megan Robinson envisions a future where civilization is destroyed by a global flood, the result of many small yet thoughtless decisions made by millions of people.

 

The pieces in this issue also show us that change happens suddenly. In “Homes” by Molly Byrne the narrator is committed to a new relationship, until one day, suddenly, she’s not. In “Orphans and Mud Cakes” by Sarah Groh, a group of children play together, until one day they don’t. No matter how slowly drops of water fall into a bucket, there’s always a line between full and overflowing. A split second between when something is alive, and then isn’t. The moment when we burst from our cocoon, no longer waiting for our wings to be ready.

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