New Ways to Be

Welcome, April. We are so glad you are here–bringing with you, in some places in our world, vaccinations aplenty, infrastructure plans, a killer cop in court, and for some, the luxury of sitting in a restaurant, at a little table for two, eating beautiful food placed on a surface in close proximity to our very beings by a person who just one month prior, we would have crossed the street to avoid. Masked, now we look for smiles in the eyes; we stare a moment longer, our thank yous sincere. Hello, fellow human. We made it. We are making it through.Thank you so, so much for this wine, this bread.

In Volume 2, Issue 2 of Club Plum, artists share their nourishing watercolors and acrylics, their vibrant pastels and striking line-work. Work by Michal Mitak Mahgerefteh graces this issue’s cover with her mixed-media watercolor piece, Visible Circumstance. In flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid works, humans look for connection with visitors from outer space, with sons brought back from the edge, with their own tree-turning flesh. At times, we face the emptiness of our world fueled by the anger of ourselves. We lose ourselves in grueling efforts from dawn to dusk, working the earth with our hands and tools, though it could easily be Zoom meetings we are hosting or Fed-Ex packages we are delivering.

But there is hope. For the tree-woman basks in her own glory, and the son on the edge now walks with his mother in the sun.

Thank you, all, for being there.

Warm wishes,


#ClubPlum Club Plum Literary Journal

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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.

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