Editorial 33: Solitude

Welcome to #33: this is the SOLITUDE issue.

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Solitude, as in:

• the quality of being alone 

• a remoteness from society

• a lonely place

• secludedness, seclusion, segregation, separateness, sequestration, solitariness…

In this issue:

Elizabeth Sweeney is a visual artist, art gallery educator and curator. She was first introduced to Zoée Nuage while on an award selection committee initiated by the Deaf Culture Centre in Toronto where  Nuage’s submission, titled The Last Supper, won first place. For this issue of NMP, Sweeney interviews cover photographer, Nuage, about her ongoing series of photographs: Solitude.

I came across Brian Blanchfield at a Queer Heart panel at the &Now Festival last year and it was the most beautiful reading I’d ever heard. So happy to have his work in this issue. Blanchfield is the author of two full-length books of poems—Not Even Then (University of California Press) and A Several World (Nightboat Books)—and a chapbook, The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press).

The night George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk found herself thinking about privilege, parenthood, social media, America, and the intimacy of wanting to protect her lover from all of it. She shares a poem about that night.

NMP favorite, Eloisa Aquino, contributes Pajubá, a comic looking at the secret language spoken by Brazilian transvestites – travesitis. Aquino is a Brazilian-born zinister who runs the queer micro press B&D Press from Montreal. Her in-progress work on Pajubá will be launched in its final version as a zine during the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, in July 2014.

Raena Shirali won the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and has contributed her poetry to a number of journals across the US and Canada. She contributed two poems to this issue of NMP: Grit Cycle II: Rooftop and  i know i am in love again when.

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Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee