Issue 56 

Editor's Statement

The dissonance between the year that we have all endured and every preceding year of our lives is definite, and more than ever before we have all– collectively and independently– had ample time to reflect on ourselves and the world around us. Though there has been an immense amount of tragedy, injustice, and hardship over the past sixteen months, we have to hope that through this period of introspection and observation, a boundless swell of empathy and compassion has occurred within us and manifested amongst one another. A fundamental part of understanding is expressing, and I believe that the Red Cedar Review has provided a mode of expression for at least a handful of voices, and this is something that I am genuinely excited to share with you.

Unlike the previous editions of the journal, the entirety of Volume 56 was discussed, edited, and produced remotely. From September to December of last year, my staff and I worked fiercely to collect and discuss prose, poetry, and visual art from undergraduates at a myriad of universities, all while in the confines of our own rooms. We knew that the submissions were going to reflect the state of our world, as it is the artist’s responsibility to do so, but opposed to assimilating pieces that spoke to the unique experiences of 2020 with the rest of our submissions, we created a category with the sole intention of providing a platform to individuals who needed to share their experiences. This is something that I am intensely proud of, and I hope that you can find a sense of understanding and solidarity in the texts and artwork that we have had the honor of publishing.

If it is possible to do so, I would like to set last year aside and acknowledge the countless submissions which sought to explore issues, ideas, and emotions which are not overtly related to the events of 2020 and exist in a more familiar space. When looking at the recent responses to the world around us thus far, these submissions are the ultimate testament to the integrity of what we, as a society, fundamentally understand and care about. When all of the systems that we know and rely on seem to fracture, we still want to read and write about love, hope, and companionship, we still want to lose ourselves in a great narrative or a compelling piece of nonfiction. This, to me at least, is one of the more palpable silver linings that I have witnessed.

The production of Volume 56 of the Red Cedar Review would not have been possible without our dedicated editorial staff and our group of readers who have volunteered their time week after week to the journal and the pieces contained within it. I would like to specifically thank the Assistant Managing Editor Jarett Greenstein, as the relief of having another individual to help pilot the journal was immense. Another crucial part of the Red Cedar Review is Professor Milberger and his class of dedicated artists, editors, and thinkers who willingly took on the arduous process of refining the journal into its most presentable and honest form. Finally, I would be remiss not to acknowledge Dr. Robin Silbergleid, whose mentorship and seemingly endless wisdom has impacted my understanding of publication as much as the journal itself.

I greatly appreciate your interest in Volume 56 of the Red Cedar Review. I hope you enjoy the literature and beholding the artwork contained within as much as I did.

Warm Regards,

Jacob M. Largen

Managing Editor

Table of Contents

  1. THE F WORD by Amber Williams
  2. AGAPE by Jo Clark
  3. YOUR HAND by Anastasia Simms
  4. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  5. WHEN WE WALKED by August Reynolds
  6. I AM FROM THE HOPELESS GENERATION by Anastasia Simms
  7. ELEGY FOR CATHERINE HOWARD by Emma Camp
  8. “PICTURE”  by Noah Miller
  9. HANSEN STREET by Briana Wilson
  10. FIREPROOF by Michael Turle
  11. HINDSIGHT IS 2020 by Elysia Baskins
  12. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  13. “PICTURE” by Kimberly Pack
  14. I GO TO THE EYE DOCTOR by M.P. Armstrong
  15. RAMBLINGS by Ellie Wilkie
  16. CONAN O’BRIEN by Jessica Mardian
  17. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  18. IT’S RAINING UPSTAIRS by Michael Turle
  19. FLOWER by Molly Scully
  20. HEART by Abigail Albin
  21. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  22. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  23. LOCKDOWN PANTOUM by Anastasia Simms
  24. LIES OUTSIDE THE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS BATHROOM by Jo Clark
  25. POEMS AT 21 by Katey Funderburgh
  26. “PICTURE” by Kimberly Pack
  27. COFFEE by Anna Sharudenko
  28. LOWER ROXBURY by Tierra Moore
  29. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  30. QUARANTINE CAPITALISM by Elysia Baskins
  31. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  32. TODAY HAS BEEN AN ERA by Isabella Durgin
  33. AUBADE FOR CATHERINE OF ARAGON by Emma Camp
  34. OATH OF IDENTITY by Celin Gauge
  35. “PICTURE” by Noah Miller
  36. ONE ABYSS TO ANOTHER by Lexi Baker
  37. SOUTH by Briana Wilson
  38. SAVE ME WITH YOUR AFFECTION by Anastasia Simms
  39. “PICTURE” by Kimberly Pack
  40. IT’S RAINING TODAY by Jo Clark
  41. THE PATIO WE TURNED INTO A GARDEN by Ellie Wilkie

 

Staff

Jacob Largen
Jacob Largen

Managing Editor

Jarett Greenstein
Jarett Greenstein

Assistant Managing Editor

Sydney Wilson
Sydney Wilson

Prose Editor

Natalie Poll
Natalie Poll

Poetry Editor

Anusha Mamidipaka
Anusha Mamidipaka

Art Editor

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