We are officially off hiatus and back for the year 2018.
notes by Diana for our 14th issue.
notes by Abondance Matanda for our 13th issue.
Notes from our editor.
Notes from our editor, Kassandra (K.) Piñero.
Issue 7 of Sula nods to National Poetry Month as we investigate the profound function of rhythm. It is often discussed as a creative tool, in which artists of varying mediums construct the kinetic trajectory of their work. A filmmaker’s edits consider the impact of pacing, much like a poet’s line breaks contemplate the resulting cadence. Fundamentally, rhythm is a result of thoughtful arrangements in order to ensure the accessibility of a specific emotion or idea. On the other hand, rhythm exists as a delicate space where art production thrives. How often has a text message or random sound taken you out of your artistic flow? What does it take to get you into your rhythm in the first place? Maybe you have a ritual before you sit down to draw, or maybe you let the next lyric arrive in its own time. Either way, rhythm acts an intimate opening for innovation. People of color have an innate understanding of rhythm (and not in that stereotypical “we all know how to dance” way). We are …
“It is not possible for a person of color to live a life in which they do not have to recreate themselves continuously.”
“Perhaps then, traditions are meant to conjure the past, connect us and create a space and dialogue with each other but also with our ghosts, possibly even our nightmares and demons, for the sake of family, community, continuity, and a sense of self.”
People of color often come from families that are loud, loving, and family-oriented. Our cultures, although often portrayed in a negative light, are rich with foods and boisterous conversation. Our cultures also have another thing in common, and that is the denial and lack of acceptance when it comes to our mental health. Nearly every person who is a part of Sula has experienced some form of mental illness, and nearly every one of us was met with some sort of resistance or denial from family members. When it comes to mental illness, the difference between us and white people is that white people tend to acknowledge mental illness even if it is often used as an excuse to justify violence committed against others. People of color do not even acknowledge its existence. If you come from a family that is spiritual or superstitious, you’ve probably had people tell you that your illness is a “demon” that you must work to get rid of. The feelings of sadness and anxiety are often blamed on us …
Notes from our editors.