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As writers and artists our medium is that which resonates. When we first put pen to paper or brush to canvas, all we have are those things which are held up to the surface of our minds, refusing to be ignored. It is impossible to know what forms these obsessions: a pull or a push, a weight or a tension, a wishing or a kind of magic. All we know is that they demand to be expressed. These things make up the skeletons of our minds and as we grow they, like bones, fracture and reform. We start to see things differently, and what was once oil on asphalt becomes a string of pearls around a neck. We engage in the act of creation because we know that once found, this vision, like a fragile child’s pulse, is capable of stopping. And sometimes it does seem to stop. Something slips in, like wind around old windows, and what was once the echoing music of conversation becomes just noise. Sometimes newspaper headlines distract us from even the most beautiful of melodies. Too many things demand our undivided attention until they all bleed together, like sticky black ink, seeping down the walls of our minds. But even in the midst of this, we hear a steady whirring monitor whispering just loudly enough to remind us that our hearts are still rhythmically resonating within us. We create because we are convicted that, although that pulse is difficult to capture and define, it is worth fighting for. We bear down on our ideas, quietly subversive like children pressing gum into a schoolyard tree, forming a psychedelic abstraction of pigment that serves as a reminder that we are so much more than faceless stone statues. This 93rd edition of Ivy Leaves is a collection of these reminders, captured like fireflies circling in a clear glass. We give it to you, not pretending to be able to solve the equations you will face. But we hope, through this journal, to show you that we understand, and remind you that you are whole.

Profile for Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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