Nagoya Writes

December 11, 2007

Message from the Editors by Sarah Mulvey and Brian Cullen

Filed under: Cullen,Issue: May 2006,Mulvey — usbengoshi @ 6:48 pm

We are delighted to present the first online issue of Nagoya Writes!  In fitting with our first foray into cyberspace, the theme of our inaugural issue is “Connect”. All of the contributers have incorporated the theme in their own unique way. While some writers made direct reference to the computer and the fact that we do indeed live in a connected world because of its existence, others alluded to the theme in more indirect ways that you will soon discover.

We believe that this new online publishing forum will complement the existing print version of Nagoya Writes!  As the online version can be put together and sent out into cyberspace rather quickly, writers in the Nagoya area will hopefully be motivated to get their prose and poetry out of the bedroom and onto the Net. We are able to do this so quickly thanks to Ernie Schaal and his computer expertise. Without his assistance, “Connect” would still be in the planning stages.

While we did receive quite a mosaic of prose and poetry, there was one vital ingredient we felt was lacking. We live, work, and create our written masterpieces here in Japan. Naturally, our writing often makes reference to this fact. Our written musings sometimes delve into, and perhaps even dwell upon that which is different or negative.  We would like to encourage more Japanese writers into the fold as we are, indeed, in Japan. Having a more audible Japanese voice would be fitting for a journal that has the city of Nagoya in its name. We hope to see more Japanese submissions in future issues.  Thanks to all the writers who submitted their work. While all the submissions we received were interesting, well-written, and offered original ways of touching on the theme, we would like to acknowledge the feature poem, Poetry Connection (to Deborah), by Yuka Urushibata, and the feature story, Literary Criticism by Dave Stone.

Ms. Urushibata’s poem reminds us that, as writers, we can capture the essence of a moment, as if in amber, simply by putting pen to paper. An event, and its unique meaning, will reverberate days, weeks, even years after it has occurred because a writer took the time to note its significance. The connection made between two people, across language barriers and cultural differences, was captured and will be held indefinitely for all to enjoy because of the poet’s awareness of that particular moment in her life.

Mr. Stone’s submission stood out for its wit as well as for its content. As writers, there is a little bit of the critic in all of us. The need to critique by the reader sometimes overrides and even ignores the core of what the writer was intending to get across. Sometimes the critic needs to be silenced, if only for a moment, to let the sheer appreciation of the hard work and thought that went into a piece of prose or poetry stand out.

That’s all, just a brief moment.

Then of course, the critic can come back, full force, thesaurus and opinion in hand. As much as writers need and crave the appreciation, we do need the criticism too.  For now, read on, and enjoy the numerous brief moments brought to you by some very talented writers.

We think you will be pleased with the final result.

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