In the summer of 1870, Claude Monet completed “The Beach at Trouville.” It captures a world seemingly hemmed in by parasols and flounces beneath changing Norman skies. (It was the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War, and the newly married artist would soon be fleeing to London to avoid conscription.) I am, however, struck by the grains of sand and shell forever caught on the painting’s surface, giving off impressions of uncertainty.
It is now the summer of 2014. The world is still far from idyllic, but there are dashes of hope and brilliance everywhere, and these we hope to capture here at OOV.
Our 43rd issue’s line-up, wonderfully compelling and full, features:
- poems by Luis H. Francia and Eileen R. Tabios
- Carlo Jones Velayo’s essay on “America’s Engagement with the Muslim Peoples of Mindanao in the early 1900s” (with full bibliography)
- Part 2 of Rey Ventura’s “Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunamis”
- “Revelations” by Paul I. Tañedo
- Eileen Tabios’ “Behind the Scenes of a Fundraising Anthology”
- my review of Tabios’ 147 Million Orphans
- Carlene Bonnivier’s short story, “Remembering the Alamo”
- And a portrait of Nanette Villanueva as an artist
Also, check out our Bookshelf which is remarkably stocked with Luisa A. Igloria’s Night Willow, Luis H. Francia’s Tattered Boat, Eileen R. Tabios’ 147 Million Orphans and Verses Typhoon Yolanda (editor), Nicole Constable’s Born Out of Place, Lourdes Paredes-San Diego’s Don Quintin of Abra, and Alice G. Guillermo’s Alfredo Carmelo: His Life and Art.
“The day is mad with flowers,” declares Luis Francia. And it is this wildness, this degree of uncertainty, which makes it dearest of all days.