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AQ38’s theme is MACRO micro. For this issue, we accepted work in six genres about scales of perception, crossing boundaries, families, climate change, illness, ship breaking, exploration, death, politics, religion, meteorites, black holes, natural disasters, carnivores, and the scientific revolution of the 17th century.
The theme for AQ39, (reading period the month of January 2024), is Generation. For this issue, send AQ your pieces about your generation; its production or its cohorts. For example: How big is your carbon footprint? How can you live a life that generates less waste for our ailing planet? Another approach to this theme might be to define some of the characteristics of your generation in comparison to others, for example Boomers v. Gen Z. Yet another might comment on your production of solar and/or wind power to help save the planet.
For AQ40, (reading period April 2024), the theme is Vibration. Send us pieces about music, background noise, or other aspects of your sensory or extrasensory perception. What do you see, feel, and/or remember when you hear certain pieces of music or environmental sounds? How have you been able to minimise the noise and increase the good vibrations in your life?
AQ41’s theme, (reading period July 2024), is Migration. Whether you have observed the annual migrations of birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, mammals or the geographical dislocations and/or temporary or permanent emigrations of people, send us work that has moved you to commemorate these journeys.
Amsterdam Quarterly’s thirty-eighth issue, theme MACRO micro, features work in six genres: art, essay, fiction, photography, poetry, and review. Headlining this issue is art by Jj D’Onofrio and photography by Bob Ward. In addition, there is gripping, unforgettable fiction by Elizabeth Rosell and Eileen Stelter, and essays by Jim Ross and Bob Ward about the final accounting and the 17th century’s telescopic and microscopic advancements respectively. October 2023 also marks Amsterdam Quarterly’s Twaalf en Half Lustrum (twelfth and one half year anniversary). Check out the feature article in the news section about this important milestone
As usual, AQ38 holds an embarrassment of riches related to poetry on war, species encroachment, meteorite showers, the different perspectives families give us, the possible return of a terminal illness, the creation of beauty from natural irritation, the global warming crisis, ship breaking, and violent weather phenomena best viewed from a distance by Helen Ferris, Jennifer L. Freed, Tom Gannon Hamilton, Lily Jarman-Reisch, Bryan R. Monte, Amanda Moore, Pat Seman, Marcus Slingsby, Scott T. Starbuck, Meryl Stratford, Jerl Surratt, and Glen Wilson respectively.
Lastly, AQ38 marks Pat Seman’s AQ review debut with her critique of Robin Winckel-Mellish’s poetry book, An Obeisance to Frogs. There are also reviews of Museum Voorlinden’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition Bilderstreit, and Wim Wenders’s film about Kiefer. Enjoy!