Dropping today is the first-year anniversary issue of Club Plum. I state this with calm and little fanfare, though not too much trepidation because with all the bad we’ve had, there is now hope. The Bad Man is almost out the door, and though blood has been shed at his behest, he is packing his golf clubs and his dumbphone, taking his lies and his fumes, and leaving our house. The fight isn’t over, but it will be easier.
In Volume Two, Issue One of Club Plum, voices carry above the pain, in cabinets and snowdrifts, in mirrors and trains, in houses and rain. Watercolor on rice paper graces our cover, while mixed-media collages as well as painted pieces enrich this issue with colors both cool and warm as we all try desperately to crack the ice of the old year and let in the sun of the new.
I am honored to have the privilege, once again, to present work by literary and visual artists living and creating today. This is of utmost importance to me and to the world.
The Happiest of New Years,
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Thea Swanson is a feminist atheist who holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Oregon. She is the Founding Editor of Club Plum Literary Journal, and her poetry, fiction, essays and reviews are published in places such as World Literature Today, Mid-American Review and Northwest Review.
Well said, Thea. To some degree the times are what we make them and art, in its multifarious forms, is the way human beings triumph over and transcend our circumstances, whatever they may be. Congratulations on your first year. I look forward to reading issues of Club Plum now and going forward.Paul Negri
Thank you for your good and supportive words, Paul.
“The Bad Man is packing.” Of his names and sobriquets–Agent Orange, Private Bonespurs, King Leer, Tweeter-in-Chief, etc.–the unadorned directness of Bad Man is best. Beyond satire, beyond mockery, he’s so much worse than invective can invent. Thank you, Thea.
You are right, Richard. He is so much worse. Thank you for your observation.
And I am proud to be part of Club Plum cast!