Welcome to Apiary 3, a collection of stories, poems and art by people from Philly and its surroundings. You might know that Philadelphia is a great literary city, bright and buzzing with writers of many ages, cultures and styles. If so, this magazine is for you. If not, it’s for you too. We’re celebrating this moment in local literature. You can show up at the party any time.
We seek to reflect the excellence and vibrancy of local writing by gathering submissions from as many different creative communities as possible. Apiary 3 includes work from high school teachers and high school students; authors born in Israel, Cambodia, and Camden; and poets who’ve made a living by building furniture, testing electronics, and serving in Iraq.
We’re very excited that you’re reading our 3rd issue for free. In 2009, when we founded Apiary, we hoped to one day make it a free publication. With the support of donors and advertisers, here it is. This is how you were meant to encounter the magazine: easily, maybe out of boredom or curiosity. You pick it up, and after reading for a while, you might leave it somewhere else. You might forget all about it. Or you might depart with a favorite line, a landscape, an ache or relief in your chest.
This hazy pattern — stopping and gathering, moving on — is not limited to casual readers. When bees follow it, we call it pollination. They fly away from each flower dusted with the ingredients for honey. They leave pollen from one blossom on the stamen of another. The process is totally accidental, and completely necessary to the continuation of our life on earth.
Humans don’t like thinking their lives are accidental. It’s frightening. But what is city life, love, art, creation, and community, if not a series of chance meetings and transformations? We’ve gathered the voices of your fellow Philadelphians into these pages. Why not fly away with their words on your wings.