A Steady Pulse: Introducing Platonic Love in Issue I of Crooked Arrow Press
The “I love you” moment. We’ve been there. Nearly half a year since Seth’s death, it’s replayed for me regularly. We were on my porch in New Jersey — June tiptoeing between too hot and just right. We said “I love you” for the first time and I would give all my firsts to relive that first time even it was my last.
Seth came into my life when it felt like everyone was leaving. His authenticity, warmth, and pure love for others has been unmatched by all, even after his untimely death in September. All romantic relationships I’ve ever had could never hold the same weight as the love I carried, and still carry, for my best friend.
I decided to start curating the e-anthology, Platonic Love Poems, a couple months before Seth passed away. On my worst days, the magnitude of love I feel from my creative and healing communities is enough to get me by. Platonic love is a home I travel with, a steady pulse, a dream I am consistently grateful is real. Friends are essential, in my own experience and I’m sure others too, in this weird thing called life.
The pride I hold for Crooked Arrow’s first issue is a pride that I haven’t experienced before. The issue features incredibly gifted poets such as Linette Reeman, Christopher DiStasio, Orooj-e-Zafar, and others. Each writer has their own interpretation of platonic love. That’s what is so humbling about poetry. Every poem is a new universe — each one depicting a different story. The poems in this issue are dynamic, freeing, and passionate. In the words of Lydia Havens in their poem, The summer we had to learn to hate our favorite band, [our friends are] “all [our] favorite songs.” When life feels too quiet or loud, platonic love is exactly the sound we need.
Art and love are directly entangled which is why our first e-anthology means so much to me. On the same note, art and death are directly entangled.
I’m honoured to read and curate the submissions for our second issue, On Grief.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for staying. Thank you for being a friend.