Welcome to Apiary 4! It’s full of stories and poems by your neighbors. We hope the writing will move you, provoke you, surprise you, and delight you with the variety and brilliance of literature in Philly.
This issue feels both intimate and epic. As we began to assemble the poems and stories we’d chosen, the collection began to remind us of that Eames film, Powers of 10, in which the camera spirals the viewer up into the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and then burrows back down to earth into the cellular level. Similarly, these pieces seemed to zoom inward towards scenes of family love and conflict, in which time is marked in arguments and generations, and then to telescope back out into meditations on the cosmos and their apocalyptic end–the farthest reach of the human imagination.
Apiary 4 is also important to us because it’s the very first we made with our full volunteer staff. This issue is dedicated to them: the inventive, kind, and intensely talented people who’ve donated their skills and ideas to creating the collection you’re reading now.
And it’s dedicated to you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for writing.