It’s been a long time coming but ng12 is done and ready for your literary/artistic enjoyment. In ng12 you’ll find a short story by Mylène Dressler and an imaginative painting by Sarah Stone. We’re really excited about the way Mylène’s essay and Sarah’s painting work together on the metaphoric level. As always, we hope that you enjoy this issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets. Please feel free to visit our downloadable page to snag a PDF of this month’s issue. Then you can print it off and help cover the streets of your town in literature and art.
As human beings we’re constantly pulled by the gravitation of those people and things around us: Art, Humanity, Lovers, Family, the Divine, the Unknowable. I remember, as a child, looking at a map of our solar system marked out with the paths of the plants and their various moons. There was so much going on that I could barely handle it. Paths and gravitational pulls overlapped and competed. This months issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets is dedicated to these cosmically human forces that push and pull against us everyday, and to the painfully beautiful moments when they all line up and, for a moment, the universe makes perfect sense.
Memory is a tricky and often unreliable thing. I always admire when essayists acknowledge this in their writing rather than pretending that their recollection of things is perfect, or the only version that matters. In her essay “Black and White” Jesse Carty gives us a great example of how a writer can smoothly clue the reader in on these “tricky” moments of memory, and she does it in a way that only adds to the overall style of her essay. When you pair that with the disjointed, yet lovely, feel of Michelle Montrose Larsen’s painting, this issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets provides readers with unique picture of memory in action.