In turbulent times, we need turbulent art. We need lovely art, and angry art, and fragile art, and hopeful art. We need it all, maybe not more than ever, but with a greater awareness of its necessity. In this issue, we aim to provide you with just that: the art you need.
“Dear moon it’s been ten years since/ my last letter/ and things are exactly/ the same./ Do you ever get nervous?” Nathan Parker asks.
“I refused to forget distance or death/ or widowhood, I refused to forget/ regret or mistakes, I insisted on letting everything in,” Caroline Cabrera declares.
“…let’s move on the floor because as things shatter,/ we won’t feel it. We’re invincible,” Dorothy Chan proclaims.
These poems do exactly what their excerpts predict: they interrogate fearlessly, feel bravely, and exist unabashedly, unblinkingly in a world shifting in unexpected ways.
The interview with Kaveh Akbar builds on this strength of poetics and spirit: “Reading a poem from another person’s perspective grants you a portal into their life, which is a great, magical act of empathy,” he affirms.
The staff of Nightjar (newly visible on our Staff page!) wishes for these poems and the interview (so eloquently answered that it could be argued Akbar is simply writing us a long poem) to both comfort and inspire you. Voices of clarity, honesty, and creative beauty abound, as they always have, and we give you this issue as a testament to the stunning magic and utility of art.