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Welcome to a beautiful new year, dear readers and writers, and welcome to Issue 12 of Hermeneutic Chaos.

This edition is quite special to us, but it isn't only because it features the poems of the winners of our second annual Jane Lumley Prize for Poetry. It is the first edition of Hermeneutic Chaos that carries only poetry. We also couldn't help but notice the uncanny resemblance that most of the poems in this issue have with each other, an almost unconscious tribute to Yeats' idea of the collective unconscious. There are several pieces that are a primeval ode to the creatix and explore the interstices that complicate the relationship between the creator and the creation. Apart from these, there are poems that hunt the haunting wilderness of the animal world, and some that lovingly acknowledge a muse that gave birth to them. Here, you will find an art that is throbbing, refreshing and nostalgic and propels us to explore the newer directions that poetry has fearlessly exhibited in the contemporary society. Here, you will find identities fraught with a sense of hope and abandonment, but breathing hope with every mangled movement.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the writers who submitted to us, both in the general category as well for the Jane Lumley Prize. Do know that reading such wonderful poetry and prose is a humbling experience indeed, and every submission gave us a new landscape to inhabit. We would also like to congratulate the winner of The Jane Lumley Prize, Katherine Barron, finalists Jennifer Givhan and Emily Holt, and honorable mentions Laura Grothaus, Carolyn Oliver, Jennifer Hanks, Meredith McDonough, Aozora Brockman, Amanda Chiado and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. We are grateful to all the other poets in this issue too who have enthralled us with their words and powerful imagery.

​The poetry in this edition is powerful enough to inspire the readers to examine their ever changing selves, and the dynamics they unraveled with each of them. It is a reminder of the sharp, intricate and resonating literature that delves deep inside the minds of those who partake it and leads them to a moment of profound epiphany that liberates.


Shinjini Bhattacharjee