I call this the Humble Issue, as humbled I was by the beauty, power, majesty, and respect shown by any or all of the images and essays in this issue. There are incredible messages and lessons here if we just look and listen.
In our stand-alone article, Fertility within Tragedy, Burk Uzzle tells us, “We feel, we cry, we say to our souls, survive. Our internal music intensely contrapuntal seeing death and it’s opposite – LIFE TO BE LIVED! How? Heart of an artist formed the hard way with a million experiences. We plough that field as never before. We steady ourselves with the past. Our love of life distills rhetoric from circumstances”. He shares with us from his next body of work, The Prophets Project, a series that “illuminates African-Americans who are transcending the legacy of hate by affirming a cultural present and future — a prophecy of unity and respect”.
Mother’s Day is upon us, and the articles in the Mothers series are gems. No matter if the word Mother conjures up an image of a person, an animal, Mother Earth, or just a feeling of security and comfort, we all need some mothering right now. I lost my mother in March, someone who supported and encouraged my belief in South x Southeast from its inception 9 years ago. I dedicate this beautiful group of articles to her memory.