Letter from the Editor
Thank you for picking up this issue of Inklings. These past few years, university students have had to deal with so much uncertainty and transformation as the pandemic has created an environment of changing restrictions and constantly shifting stressors. For many of us, the world does not feel like a friendly place right now; wars rage in countries just a click away, and our country has become more and more divided, not less.
Amid all of this, though, there is still art.
I believe that art can change the world. It can change people’s hearts, give rise to new thoughts, create dialogue, open eyes. Even now, perhaps especially now, we need art, and we need artists. We live in a beautiful, broken world, and yet, art can be a guide for us. A compass, if you will. As I edited this issue, I found that many of the pieces reflected on a sense of place, whether that place is an airport in Paris, a clearing in the words, a mythical city, or a trailer in North Carolina. I wanted to honor that sense of place, especially when it’s so easy to feel uprooted and disconnected. Art brings us together in these places, and it can point us back to the world we find so wonderful and wounding.
By taking the time to peruse the contents of these pages, you can partake in the art of undergraduate students who took the time out of their busy schedules to make something beautiful and thoughtful. Your support can encourage these artists, many of whom are just starting to build their portfolios and publications. Who knows where they’ll go? This is just the beginning for many of them, and Inklings is honored to be a part of their journey.
2021-22 Editor in Chief
Laundry: A Sijo│Sarah Meldrum
Villanelle │Laurel Marchaven
Kallipolis I│Laurel Marchaven
Crush: Revised│Laurel Marchaven
The Rescuer │Lauren Amico
The Architect│Simeon Walther
Lessons from Cedar│Kelli Lage
My Last Tennis Match│Kelli Lage
My Head is Full of Color │Martina Lewis-Mitchell
Lima Beans │Martina Lewis-Mitchell
Trapped in Paris │Aleah Zubrod