I’m thrilled to share with you the winter issue of coalitionworks. Our second issue! This journal is brand new. For me, part of the delight of this process has been to analyze how the work featured in these pages is sculpting and sometimes, redefining what coalitionworks is supposed to be. The myriad poetry forms, microfiction, and visual art in this issue reveal their existential afflictions ever so boldly. These works of art channel their defiance at the indifference of the cosmos through technical prowess, deep sense of imagery, and sometimes as an energetic raw scream into the abyss, which I always appreciate.
I’m proud to say that this issue features experienced writers, those at the beginning of their artistic journey, and those in the middle. As you will see, there is room for anyone who chooses to rage against the dying of the light. There is mettle yet in the sentiment, tired as the lines may be. I’d like to thank every contributor of this beautifully chaotic assortment for their courage to confront our place in the universe with joy or rage or strangeness on the page. Most importantly, I want to thank you, dear writers, for turning these complex afflictions into glorious glorious art.
And dear reader: Enjoy!
COALITIONWORKS | WINTER 2022
Ivan de Monbrison | 2 Poems: English Version | Russian Version
Aaliyah Anderson | The Critique
Andrea Damic | Story + Photography
Rose Malana | Anticipatory Grief
Ignatius Valentine Aloysius | 3 Poems
Mamta Wathare | 2 Poems + Visual Art
Christina Chin / Mystic Poet Collaboration
Isabelle B.L. | Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Screams of Unfettered Minds | 3 Poems