Letter from the Editor
We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It’s always about critical connections.
– Grace Lee Boggs, Social Activist, Philosopher
Last night my fairy godniece and I drank hot chocolate on the sofa while watching the Henderson Symphony’s live streamed performance, We Are Here. Musical Director and Conductor, Alexandra Arrieche described the evening as, “a musical journey of healing and an invitation to reflect about changes that will transform us into a more inclusive, conscious, empathic, and better world.”
More than once Arrieche reminded the audience that the Henderson Symphony Orchestra is here because of the audience, that the audience plays an essential role in the magic of live performance. When we gather, as Grace Lee Boggs wrote, we are affected by the “invisible fabric of our connectedness.” When so much feels out of our hands, when dominant discourse suggests that problems require ‘critical mass’; it stokes our hope to hear Boggs’ words about the power of critical connections.
A social activist, civil rights leader, and philosopher, Boggs’ words about small activities in which we connect with others are what we have missed over the past year. And, while virtual life has allowed us to connect in some ways, it cannot replicate the kinesthetics of inhabiting a common space with others.
Grace Lee Boggs lived to be 100 years old. In her life she tirelessly fought for racial and economic justice. When we remember great leaders like Boggs we also remember the truth that injustice is not new, and it is intersectional. Through organized actions and writings, Boggs’ work created critical connections as the evolution of community.
The Citron Review wants to acknowledge the increasing number of hate crimes against people who are Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander in the United States. Recent events such as the murders in Atlanta of eight individuals, seven of whom were women, and six of the seven were Asian women, highlight our need to confront systemic racism in America. We also acknowledge the need for action as well as healing in this time of great pain.
In our spring issue we welcome new faces and new voices with Charlotte Hamrick and Ronit Plank as Creative Nonfiction Editors, and Assistant Editors Jasmine Respess and Morena Guerrero. Senior Poetry and Zest Editor Eric Steineger’s essay “Restaurant Days, Food Obsessions, and Bourdain” brings us to the kitchen table to feast on poetry as food. In 2021 look for more features by Citron staff and invited guests.
On behalf of The Citron Review, on this evening of the Spring Equinox, we are grateful to our readers and writers who are part of “the invisible fabric of our connectedness.”
Angela M. Brommel
The Citron Review
Table of Contents
Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger
|Rikki Santer||Gift Shop at the Museum of Fear|
|Salvador Villanueva translated from Spanish by
St. Augustine Sits
Notes on the selections by Ronit Plank
|Shakirah Peterson||Ugh, Uub.|
|Gabriela Denise Frank||Mr. Fix-It|
|Wenxin Tang||How to Become a Thinker: a Chinese Room|
|Michelle Site||Long Before They Declared It An Epidemic|
Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos
|Mark Cassidy||City Lights|
|Gordon W. Mennenga||Alone with Others|
|Star Su||Freezing Point|
Notes on the selections by JR Walsh
|Zebulon Huset||Median Memorial for Homeless Man Hit by Car|
|Dana Chiueh||I saw us in a Vermeer painting with no people in it|
Our Zest Editor investigates poetry’s culinary delights.
|Eric Steineger||Restaurant Days, Food Obsessions, and Bourdain|