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It still astounds me, the ways and ends of this particular world. What, in my post-wanderlust wandering, do I hope to find here, this water-bordered-square-miled otherness? I step out, one foot in front of the other on ground built on rubble and old ships, "criss-crossed by many faults, each moving at a different rate" (Pacific & North American Plates). And yet, I am pleasantly surprised at how my instants are descending and passing with a softness I have not felt in all my free years. I am drenched in restfulness.

Walking uphill, it amuses me how these gentrified streets could not fully contain the Bohemian in them. The writer in me grapples with lost words and no-names. Like a gathering of mythic tribes, all merrily draped in the youngness of their youth and needs. How can all times and streets and kids converge here? How the years aged me. I was neither young nor born during such convergences.

And here I am, perpetually cooled by cold ocean waters. I must have reached the hushed edge of things. It is just a street. A foggy city. Just a bay. A sea. This is post-wanderlust, and I wish to never leave my heart anywhere but here. How sweetly the times have changed.

Welcome to our 27th issue, into a confluence of neighborhoods and works by Patrick Rosal and our 2008 resident poet, Joel Vega.  We introduce the writings of Joshua Gedacht, Michael Baradi, and Michelle Pichereau. Gem Daus contributes a review of The Bipolar Spectrum: The Disease with a Thousand Faces, by first-time author, Dr. Marietta Almazan while Remé Grefalda critiques musician Ester Hana's Passport. We feature in this issue a Carlos Bulosan "found story" by Remé Grefalda as well as short stories by author Tony Robles and newcomer, Soleil David, and in PORTRAIT we feature the artworks by Joey Mánlapaz.

Our maps may be hopelessly vague, but we make it for you, nonetheless. Perchance we may agree on the same enchantments. Like little cable cars to which avenue on such and such, and how whose love waits where, in the summer of 2008.

Aileen Ibardaloza
San Francisco, August 2008



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EDITOR
Remé-Antonia Grefalda

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Aileen Ibardaloza

ART DIRECTOR AND WEB DESIGNER
Geejay Arriola

MANAGING EDITOR
Victoria Paz Cruz

2008 RESIDENT POET
Joel H. Vega

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR FOR THE ARTS
Eileen Tabios

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Seb Koh

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