in this issue, jonathan greenhause shows the tug of reality which calls us to live and engage in this world, despite its political tribalism, its distractions of fake news, its moral hypocrisy and its violence. thomas lavelle writes an eco-critical ode to the Florida gulf coast. Ekphrastic poems by dan encarnacion touch on love in the face of AIDS. john sibley williams calls us to stay, despite the hurt and grief. omar sabbagh tells us about the beauty and wonder we are left with, the hope, despite the pains of loss and of love.