LITERARY ORPHANS ISSUE 32: Letter From the Editor
Dear Orphans & Orphanettes,
Eventually, we all realize the special sincerity of the roles we choose to undertake. As months percolate into years, true enjoyment comes from being involved in something larger than ourselves. First joining as a reader, then associate publisher, and finally, acting as the Managing Editor of Literary Orphans Journal for the past three years, I have read and adored countless submissions wholly conceived from heartfelt contexts. And similar to all of you, I have rested on the limbs of literature as companionship. Knowing this, to warmly embrace something is sometimes a call to release it. Thus, as my role in life would have it, I must leave my role as Managing Editor of LO, but everything the journal creates and contemplates will not leave me.
As the year passes and weaves itself into the fibers of history, a question is posed—one which rarely welcomes a simple answer. Does memory or experience reflect greater on the lives we maintain?
We dedicate our last issue of 2017 to Catherine Dickens, the forlorn wife of novelist, Charles Dickens. She lends herself to the mercy of this inquiry—that is, if one intuitively thinks about her character. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1815, Catherine (Hogarth) later married Dickens, and the two went on to conceive ten children. Their relationship was one that often grappled with misplaced experiences and yellowed memories. For although Dickens loved Catherine, he tended to incorrectly weigh the difficulties they shared, placing the burdens of his experiences onto her shoulders. The two inevitably separated after a time. Being apart from Charles, Catherine began to understand what was most crucial to her. And so, she chose to reconcile her memory as intrinsic to what she shared with Charles (even when imperfect), making her life experiences all the more palpable.
The readers and writers of Literary Orphans Issue 32: Dickens also embody deep aspects of human experience. Through their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, they present descriptions and notions worth reading time and time again. In its entirety, this issue boasts the idea that to care enough, to reflect fruitfully, will allow a precious memory to echo, making us all better for it. We hope that you will join us in aspiring to behold this reminiscence for the remainder of the days to come.
Enjoy the issue, and welcome the new year fulfilled.
Warmest wishes to all,