An empty space is full of potential. Believe that you are making room for something. Turn on the vacancy sign. Keep moving. (Keep Moving, Maggie Smith)
Happy Summer! Our June issue lags a bit behind summer’s arrival this year, but we’re proud of all the work that we rounded up for Issue 26. We’ve never done ‘theme’ issues, relying instead on a veritable buffet of views and themes from our student writers. Our hope is always that any issue of Blue Marble Review creates a new sense of space for the reader, and that there is a story, essay, poem, or work of art in each issue that stimulates a new way of thinking, a greater sense of empathy, or perhaps just a nod of understanding.
There’s a LOT of fine work in this issue, but in particular we’d like to highlight the Cover Art from Sabahat Ali Wani. Her artist statement— poignant and powerful, is here:
The mixed media artwork titled, ‘Revisit: A Wardrobe’ is an artist’s attempt to celebrate a Kashmiri woman’s wardrobe in an authentic way. It is a celebration of our culture that often gets appropriated and capitalised upon. Yes, it is a political statement but it also tries to bring in a fairytale aspect that goes beyond the conflict by appreciating our scarfs, sleeves, clothes etc., which are long forgotten but still stand as symbols of our existence and resistance.
Look for more of her mixed media work in our ART section.
We plan to continue to make space for readers and writers who use creativity as an emblem of both existence and resistance.
Enjoy the issue—