by Guilherme Bergamini





Hello all! Goodness, it’s the holiday season once again. Here in Canada, it is blisteringly cold once again, though we’ve occasionally been blessed with winter sunshine. This year seems to have gone by in an instant, yet dragged on and on, both for the political climate and other anxieties brought on by the state of our world. Our sincerest hope is that you, dear reader, are taking care of yourself. Let this issue be a balm, even for an instant.
Issue 205.4 explores parenthood, our physical bodies facing dissection and splitting, the environments we’re found in dissecting us, and the othering of ourselves and others.
This issue features a photographic series from Guilherme Bergamini who writes about the necessities and rights of an education to contextualize his images: “Today Brazil, a country marked by its deeply unequal and unjust past, has been facing the challenge of ensuring that essential good to its people. Our Objects of Derision feature this issue is the talented Naomie Jean-Pierre who answers questions about her writing process, about her studies in Paris, and leaves us with an idea of what inspires her and her writing. She also tackles and “reimagines the voiceless panther at the end of [Kafka’s] “A Hunger Artist”” in her stunning “The Passion According to the Panther”. 
Thank you to all of our wonderful contributors–for allowing us to present your work to readers, for putting your trust in us as editors. Thank you to Andrew Allport, Guilherme Bergamini, Mason Binkley, Evana Bodiker, Erin Carlyle, Yuan Changming, Craig Finlay, Nina Claudia Hessler, Naomie Jean-Pierre, Kristin LaFollette, Hugh McMillan, Matthew Mitchell, Hallie Nowak, Judy T. Oldfield, Clara Paiva, Claire Robbins, Gretchen Rockwell, Paige Thomas, Sara Moore Wagner, & Cathy Wittmeyer. We hope you are as proud of this issue as we are.
Thank you also to Sara Iacovelli, Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, Julia Dixon Evans, Graham Oliver, Olga Belykh, John Boucher, Diana Khong, Andrew Saavedra and Lindsay Branca, without whom I would always be lost.
And finally: thank you to all our readers, for always sharing in this with us.
Until next time,
– Emma Fissenden