Strange Light: A Dispatch from Isolation–by Daniel Bowman Jr.

Our gods are in favour of cymbals.

It’s the other thing that kills us—the field
of uninterrupted grass, the on and on of nothing.
How can you bear it?

            -from “The Coronapocalypse Will Be Televised” by Tishani Doshi

I open the back hatch of the car, still on edge from my first encounter with people in a public space in days. I catch my reflection in the window. My long beard is sticking out of my mask in odd, unruly ways. The only masks I have are respirators from the garage, found among cans of paint and varnish, and they’re a tight fit. I panic, start to sanitize my hands and the car door handle, then think, no, obviously I should load the groceries first. There’s no playbook for this; I’m making it up as I go along. That’s one of the worst realities an autistic person must confront, and it manifests, acidic, in the back of my throat.

Contributors for issue 23.2

Over the past months the editorial staff have been reading and reviewing submissions from people across the globe. At long last, and after much deliberation, we have finalized our decisions for issue 23.2 of The Windhover, which will be released in August. Below are the names of those 35 talented individuals whose work will appear in the upcoming issue. We’re excited to share their creations with you!

Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Editor, The Windhover