In this quarter's issue, we want to explore a creative, compelling, mysterious, and unorthodox side of literary experimentalism. We believe that art should be showcased where it has the ability to not only tell a compelling and inspirational story, but also alter the experience through which one analyzes reality and its various facets.
This quarter's theme is the "Psychedelic 60's and Surrealism" which is often defined through absurd, erratic, changes to one's perception of reality, elaborate and vivid colors, music, and periods which were plagued with war and often political struggles. There is beauty in the wild, the absurd, in the sensation of being submerged within a mind-altering experience which reinvigorates questions of one's reality. We challenge you to experiment and not shy away from manipulating the genres. While surrealism approached absurdism and changes in reality from a formalist stance, psychedelia approached it through a youthful and "reckless" one. Both themes can, for example, include: supernatural, otherworldly, fantastical, imagery-rich, metamorphosis, youthful, political, reckless, experimental, and post-apocalyptic concepts. Respond to the theme in any way you see fit, but please identify the genre of your submission and follow the guidelines for that genre, though your work will be submitted under this category.
For inspiration, think about ways to alter pieces in which they also happen to affect the way they are read, the experience and sensation that the reader has with them. Think about the political, social, implications of both surrealism and the rise of psychedelia, what caused them and how they affected their respective generations, their ways of thinking, approaching everyday concepts and struggles. But most importantly, adopt the theme as your own: how can you add to it?
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