V. S. Rakenduvadhana is an Indian writer, poet and visual artist based in Helsinki. Her diurnal energies are mostly devoted to her work as a neuroscientist. While pursuing her scientific quests, she has had a lifelong nocturnal affair with art, philosophy and music in its many forms. Her poetry, fiction and visual art works are now emerging in some literary magazines including The Vital Sparks, The Abstract Elephant Magazine and Camas, while she is working on her first novel.
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Francesca Floris, born in Oristano, Italy, in 1992. I make photos and cartoons. I attended the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome. I’ve been working in the film industry as a professional for the past four years. In May 2020, I joined some colleague photographers in working with actors through the medium of the webcam, starting a series of photoshoots that are set during the Covid-19 emergency lockdown in Italy.
S’ammuttadori es parte de nosu.* He knows us all. But how much do we know him? As much as we know ourselves. Anna and Las are both experiencing a busy night full of nightmares. Each of them fights with their ammuntadore, or rather, with their own perception of it. The ammuntadore, in Sardinian culture, represents the demon of the night. He assaults us while we sleep and shows us the origin of our greatest fears. The deepest ones. Anna and Las are both part of two similar stories of lost innocence, albeit in different ways… albeit distant. Yet they find each other. At the end of the journey, at the end of the dream. Las’s destination, once awake, is reached through a quiet inner flight, accompanied, step by step, by the drive towards her true love. Because, even in the dark, it is important to remember that we are not alone.
*In Sardinian: the ammuntadore is part of us.
William Heath has published two chapbooks, Night Moves in Ohio and Leaving Seville; a book of poems, The Walking Man; three novels, The Children Bob Moses Led, Devil Dancer, and Blacksnake’s Path; a work of history, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest; and some interviews, Conversations with Robert Stone. http://www.williamheathbooks.com Photography by Co-founder P. M. Chatelain