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pacific REVIEW 2015: Vivarium Paperback – 2015
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A vivarium (Latin for “place of life”) is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation and research. Often, portions of these ecosystems are simulated on a smaller scale, as microcosms with controls for environmental conditions. We, as human beings, create vivariums for both ourselves and other species. In these habitats of our own design (zoos, shopping malls, universities, cathedrals, etc.), we breathe simulation, observe phenomena both natural and unnatural, speak in symbols, and cypher our dreams. “Vivarium” is a word to describe both zeitgeist and cultural plight, in which we writhe and spasm in the flux between the abstract and the absolute. The texts and artwork inside “Vivarium” interrogate the ever-blurring line between real and unreal settings.
Our 2015 issue, edited by Ryan Kelly, features many Californian writers, but also writers from the Deep South, Canada, and the Philippines. Inside you’ll find the natural world quickly turning unnatural in captivating stories and poems from Jeff Fearnside, Carol M. Quinn, Randall Brown, Ben McClendon, Paul Freidinger, Amelia Martens, John Aylesworth, Mel Flannery, Jonathan Greenhause, Brad Koski, Hannah Dow, and Susan L. Lin. Come enter the surreal haze of the present and future worlds through the writing of Benjamin Toche, David Perlstein, Ryan Mooney, M. Kaat Toy, Z Hitzel, Kaz Sussman, James Reed, Christine Choi, Lucy HG Solomon, Jennifer Met, Evan Post, Colin Dodds, Andrea Ruggirello, Frank Russo, and many more!
Vivarium is the 2015 edition of pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual--for 38 years, pacREV, formerly "The Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review' has been publishing innovative creative writing, photography and art for San Diego State University Press and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU. The faculty advisor for pacificREVIEW is Dr. William Anthony Nericcio.
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