Issue 5.2 Released

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Editor’s Note

“A weasel is wild. Who knows what he thinks? [He] won’t say. His journal is tracks in clay, a spray of feathers, mouse blood and bone: uncollected, unconnected, loose leaf, and blown.””

—Annie Dillard, from Living Like Weasels

The theme for this issue, “Feral Lands, Feral Selves,” speaks to us as a kind of call for reawakening. The word feral comes from Latin fera, meaning “a wild beast.” Feral animals are those who descend from domesticated animals but are living in the wild. The idea that human beings could become feral has fascinated us from Eighteenth Century figures like Peter the Wild Boy who interested Swift and Defoe, to recent popular literatures like Margaret Atwood’sMaddAddam Trilogy. There is something about the silent potential that the feral figure unearths.The concept of rewilding alone, we think, speaks to the mission of Kudzu House by breaking down the distinctions of nature and culture. As readers, we wanted to find work that explored the idea of rewilding and re-inhabiting places and identities that had been domesticated or forgotten. Further, the disruptive nature of these animals and plants fits Kudzu’s interest in “Literature of an Invasive Species.” Ferality undermines ecology, true, but it also disrupts human borders and power structures. So for our reading period, we sought work that explored this rich ground.

Our featured author’s (Keetje Kuipers’) most recent book The Keys to the Jail is an excellent fit for this issue. Her wild lines and unexpected turns of phrase reflect a speaker who both yearns for wildness and who wisely tries to hold it at arm’s length. Look for our interview with her on the next page!

I’d like to point you to poetry by Iris Dunkle, Roderick Marsh, Gail Entrekin, Jonathan Travelstead, Ann Spiers, and many more. These poems offer glimpses of ferrality that cross time and space. We’ve also got fiction and nonfiction by Hannah Straton, Andrew Furman, Elizabeth Kalman, Richard LeBlond, Nate House, Charles Entrekin, Steven Stam, and Joyce E Hicks. We hope you enjoy the issue as much as we have, and we look forward to your future readership.

Thanks so much for reading, and as always: may the Kudzu grow!

Cheers,

M.P. Jones Editor-in-Chief

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