A WORD FROM THE EDITORS, CLAIRE LU AND GABRIELLE ZHU
Human contact, in the era of the coronavirus, is ever more difficult. Though our electronics grant us video calls, a pixelated face, even on the smoothest of screens, holds no weight. It is nothing more than a literal trick of the light. Look close enough, and you might see the arrays of coloured diodes. As those of us who can afford to sequester ourselves behind our front doors, we search for different ways to connect to others.
We believe that the arts can answer that call.
An artwork, literary or otherwise, is an act of self-preservation. A writer bears their thoughts on to the page. Then, that page transmits its coded message to any willing eye, even long after its author has forgotten writing it. And so, the message (the thoughts, the feelings, the prayers and regrets) of the author live on in others. Coincidentally, it is not unlike the virus in that sense. Although, writing thankfully only causes occasional emotional distress and very rarely any physical discomfort.
The Foredge Review invites you to experience, vicariously, the thoughts of Amanda Kay, Ariel Kim, Avalon Felice Lee, Ayesha Asad, Celine Choi, Emily Peng, Esther Sun, Mary Zhang, Michelle Huang, Quinn Christensen, Sara Cao, Yejin Suh, and Zoya Yan. Young though they are, these writers and artists skilfully fuse their voices and ideas into refined works.
We are proud to present to you the second issue of The Foredge Review. As we continue to publish young voices, our digital foredge gradually accumulates pages that build towards a larger picture. Through this collection, we hope that we can help ease the difficulty of social distancing.
Thank you for your continued interest in The Foredge Review.
Stay safe and keep reading!
Claire Lu and Gabrielle Zhu