We have been consistently floored by the sheer talent, precision, and craftsmanship of the writers we have published this past year, which made choosing our nominations for Sundress Publications' Best of the Net 2017 Anthology all that more difficult.
However, after much deliberation, we are pleased to announce our nominees for Best of the Net 2017!
It’s summer. The greenery surrounding us is lush and intense. Insects skitter around, their wings transparent in the bright sunlight. Water and sweat glisten sweetly, and the lapping ocean soothes the soul. Bright children flit around, eager to head off and find their camp friends, whom they haven’t seen in a year. On the ride there, some do a curious thing. Instead of taking out a handheld electronic, they fetch a piece of yarn or string from their bag. The string loops around their fingers, and they begin to play cat’s cradle, a game that requires two players to cross string into different patterns to continue playing. The game often loops into itself, and becomes dull if the string doesn’t provide a tricky situation. It isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and I enjoyed it very much as a child.
I recently went on a picnic to a local park with a couple of friends over spring break. We had a nice time, enjoyed ourselves in the growing spring breeze, and complained about the weed smokers in the picnic field behind us (they were not being discreet at all). Although we weren't sitting on the floor, we could feel the nature around us, in the wondrous sun, or in the bright green leaves. It was nice to overwhelm ourselves with greenery, especially with finals lurking behind them.
I dare you to look up at the night sky. Admire the stars, comets, planets. Find the three stars of Orion's Belt or the jagged line of Cassiopeia's Chair. Now step back. Retreat into your lodging, but continue staring. Realize that they are likely dead, their lights twinkling in the beautiful aftermath of their existence.
L'Éphémère Review is always expanding and growing to best serve and inspire our readers and elevate the voices of new and emerging writers and artists. We are also aware of the power of music in aiding these goals. Therefore, it is through this belief in music that we have decided to add a new addition to the sweet cacophony of L'Éphémère's orchestra.