The seasons turn and change.This past winter gave way to a spring those of us in the North East of the US so longed for. Now our spring is giving way to summer, as the Summer Solstice approaches in just over a month and a half. Soon the weather will turn hot and sticky, though for our friends in the southern hemisphere, it will begin to cool off. As this is the 18th issue of RP&D that we begin today, it's important for us to take note of what we have become. We have received contributions from all over the world. We touch a reader base that spreads across the globe, and that means that RP&D is truly everywhere. Our essayists have traveled to Northern Africa, our poets coming to us from South America and Asia. It's amazing to see how our little magazine has made itself at home all over.
With that in mind, our next issue is a themed one. When our next submission period opens on May 15th, we will be accepting works that focus on "Home". Where is your home? Do you have one? Did you have one and now don't? Is your home even a place? Is your home a feeling, a smell, a face, or a book? What does "being home" mean to you? We are open to your interpretations and will be making a concerted effort to feature as many works that tackle this ambiguous theme as possible. We will also be bringing you features about the homes of our contributors on our Tumblr. For more thoughts on Home from the editorial staff, check out the pictures and the writing prompts below.
RPD is always looking to expand and grow. Do you have an idea for a column and want to pitch it to us? Do you want to submit something that falls outside of the parameters we've set on our guidelines page? Fear not! Email us and we will work with you to make your concept a tangible reality!
Over the 18 issues that we have cultivated, we have allowed RP&D to become itself, letting each issue build and form itself. It is our hope, moving forward, to bring new elements to the publication in the future. But in the meantime, we also hope to create more balance as a publication, so we strongly encourage anyone who is an essayist or knows someone who specializes in non-fiction to send their work to RP&D. We will, of course, continue to bring you the best, weirdest, wildest, most passionate works of poetry and fiction, but hope to foster a strong community of non-fiction contributors, too!
Also, as spring comes to a close, know that we are looking for a new image for our background starting in June! Know a photographer with some images that immediately call to mind the summer months? Send them our way! Tell them we don't bite, we love our photographers, and that we are (as always) Not For the Faint of Heart.
Remember to check out RPD's weekly artist features every Wednesday on our Tumblr! You can access it by clicking "blog" on the RPD site or visit rpdsociety.tumblr.com
Welcome Home The Editorial Staff shows you what "Home" means to them:
Writing Prompts We offer you these bits of inspiration to get your ready for our "Home" themed submission period that opens on the 15th:
JORDAN:If you could choose to exist inside the home of a fictional character, who would you choose? Would you spend your school year at Hogwarts? Would you live by Walden Pond? Perhaps you’d venture Into the Wild? Maybe you’d find yourself sailing along the Nile? Write a description of how your 2015 self would reconcile this new home.
JEN:Go to your favorite local place (the woods, a restaurant, a library, etc.) and imagine that this is where you live now. Write a description of what you would do to create a home there.
ADAM: Walls get me angsty, as does company within them. Home never felt much like a four sided structure to me. In fact, even within the most spacious of indoor spaces, I start to feel a bit stifled, get a bit claustrophobic. Go outdoors, or stay indoors if it suits you--go wherever you feel an inexplicable level of belonging and ease. Write a free thought piece on why you feel so at home there.
BEE:Write a response to Andrew Largeman's (Garden State, 2004) concept of "home": "You'll see one day when you move out it just sort of happens one day and it's gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It's like you feel homesick for a place that doesn't even exist. Maybe it's like this rite of passage, you know. You won't ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it's like a cycle or something. I don't know, but I miss the idea of it, you know. Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place."
WILSON: A home is a place that resists time. As much as things around it change, something must stay the same: that’s how we recognize it as a home. Find an object that anchors your home in time and describe its appearance, its history, and the emotional valences it touches. Be unafraid of detail; resist the urge to tell a story.
KAITY: "home" is a concept i can't stop thinking of lately - my parents are moving out of my childhood home this year, adulthood has left both my childhood and college friends scattered, and i'm strongly considering leaving my cozy nook of an outer borough and dipping down below the mason-dixon line myself. where does that leave my physical home? does the idea of home become magical, become a collective memory, become a feeling? think about all the important people in your life and imagine your shared experiences as the descriptor of your "home" - write an ode to it.
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