With the brightening of the days and the spring of a new year comes the second issue of Encircl. This space is claimed by those who are fascinated by the dynamic changes of the world around us. It is a meeting ground of minds in which criticism and conversation are cherished, where ideas germinate and evolve, where each reader and contributor is a vital part of a unified whole. Taking special note of nature’s movement, the observations made here are a reflection of a unique blend of diverse interior lives and their artistic and intellectual leanings. Here is an exploration of focused freedom of expression and an exhibition of talents.
Movement from place to place is the theme for this vernal issue. From animals returning to breeding grounds to an examination of the concept of home, the term migration evokes many images. It spurs inquisition about rights to space and access to resources. Inspired by conversations around immigration, the topic was chosen to encourage both political and social thought. A primary question that guides the work presented is: “What drives a person, a people, or a species to leave one location for another?”
The action can be habitual, compulsory, necessary, or even forced. It isn’t news, of course, that some species will not be able to migrate far enough, quickly enough, or freely enough to escape the ravages of habitat loss and climate change. The tentacles of human infrastructure are spread across possible migration routes while at the same time production of greenhouse gas emissions necessitate species movement. The consequences of human population growth and development are manifested as observed changes in animal behavior.
The following works are whimsical, observational, serious, speculative, introspective, and certainly out of the ordinary – and all revolve around the single word: migration. More than simply movement, migration has become the center of thought and discussion and ever applies to the world as it has been, as is it is today, and as it might be in the future.