Freedom Magazine Issue 8: Expanse
The poems traverse through dirges and nostalgia to arrive at a convention where love is a fleeting thing. The prose – the entire issue, even – beckon the reader to partake of whims, dreams, and dares.
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Anne Frank, in describing the wonder of writing, said, “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” The past ten months have offered so much sorrow, so much despair. We’ve witnessed heartbreaks & losses, we’ve held the stare of dark, our only guide being the desire to survive. We have longed and have hoped.
We continue to hope. We give ourselves to the bliss of community and growth. We stretch the lines of expectations and desires, our hearts crossed to honour those we lost to the heat of raging fire.
And what other way to explore these boundaries than through stories. The African literary space, in these recent chaotic moments, has sheltered wandering souls and grieved bodies. Through audacious storytelling, Africans have preserved the (in)sanity of a year that was at once glorious and inglorious.
It is little surprise, then, that the works in this issue tend to loss and grief. But more apparent to the reader is the eclectic tone of the featured works. The poems traverse through dirges and nostalgia to arrive at a convention where love is a fleeting thing. The prose – the entire issue, even – beckon the reader to partake of whims, dreams, and dares. These works affirm that regardless of geographical distance or philosophical affiliation, the human experience is both identical and peculiar, and stories are the medium through which we find ourselves, find one another’s experience.