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Editor's Note [Excerpt] Magic can mean many different things, especially for writers. Magic can be an illusion, a sleight of hand designed to trick onlookers into believing the impossible. Or magic can be a supernatural force in a world of harsh reality, a set of beliefs that sits just outside the realms of organized religion and advanced technology. Wizards and demons, Las Vegas entertainers and houngans --they all practice a kind of sorcery. For poets and prose writers, though, magic affords an opportunity for us to stretch the limitations of the physical world in search of new themes, settings, and characters. Magic is a door we eagerly walk through to reach new lands. We at Witness have thoroughly enjoyed the process of selecting the themed works we have collected here, mainly because the idea of enchantment is inspiring. There is the possibility of positive charms; there is a chance for dark witchery. And sometimes the spell cast by a character is nebulous, difficult to categorize. It’s arguable that we cherish these incantations the most, since they leave us in a state of wonderment bordering on disorientation. Yes, magic can also leave us bewildered and thankful for the bewilderment.
Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature
Berge, Alex; Bertaina, Andrew; Collard, Andrew; Dennis, Miranda; Eberly, Andrea; Greenberg, Emily; Heisinger-Nixon, Day; Helen, Sarah; Johnson, L.A.; Kellor, Anne Liu; Kuryla, Mary; Newman, Emmy; Palmqvist, Lara; Potter, Mary Lane; Schwartz, David Lerner; Sharpe, Michelle; Sudhakar, Nina; Ten, Kristina; Tran, Eric; and Yenser, Pamela, "Witness: The Modern Writer as Witness" (2020). Witness. 2.
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