I’m heading to West Africa in 8 days. I’ll be traveling to Liberia with my son; two years ago was Ghana with my sister. When I saw my parents their on their mission the first time I was humbled beyond anything I had known by the poverty. The parents tell me now that Ghana was “Africa light.” Liberia is next level. I’m not exactly sure that what looks like but I know my son and I will not return as we once were.
However, globe-trekking in not required to be unmade and remade. We can do that in the a splinter that takes days to emerge, a sinkhole on your street, or a winning lottery ticket. Big and little things shift our perspectives and place in the world. This month we revel in the strong roots of Segullah, archive selections of prose and poetry in the Journal that anchor who we are at Segullah: women seeking.
In Daily Bread, Emily Milner shares how she prayed to eat the ants and intestines she thought she couldn’t stomach on her mission, but grew to see as love. Meg Gibson Singley’s poem shifts from the struggle on the pavement to the possibility in the sky and The Morning Mile. It’s through the meeting of the past again and anew that we discover Parallax by Lara Yates Niedermeyer.
Featured Artist, Brooke Smart, shares the non-linear and unexpected path she carved while coming into an illustration career, while Featured Writer, Susan Elizabeth Howe wraps poetry around the Mary’s newborn babe and a python headline. Each one drawing, weaving, and winding stories of movement and surprise.
May the April find you becoming, unmaking, and making new.
Sandra Clark Jergensen
Table of Contents:
Daily Bread by Emily Milner
Parallax by Lara Yates Niedermeyer
The Morning Mile by Meg Gibson Singley