Noisy Water Review

Introduction

Welcome to the 2010-11 edition of The Noisy Water Review. We are particularly excited to introduce this year’s edition because it represents an expanded version of the journal. This year, Whatcom Community College decided to combine the school’s two former journals (A Gathering of Voices and The Noisy Water Review) into a single and more comprehensive literary and arts journal. As a result, this edition includes not only fiction and poetry, but also academic essays, artwork, and original music. We believe this broader scope better represents the true range of creative work that students accomplish both inside and outside our classrooms. We hope that you will enjoy what we believe to be some of the most brilliant, creative work done by students at Whatcom Community College this year.

In this edition, you will find deeply analytical and well researched writing like Semilla Sanchez’s “More Than Child's Play” that explores the deep cultural, historical, neurobiological, sociological, and educational aspects of play and how important it is for human growth and development. You will find essays like Madeleine Easton’s “The Damsel,” which is part coming of age narrative, part story of her parent’s broken relationship, and entirely fascinating, witty, honest, insightful, and lyrical. You will find stories such as Cheyenne Black’s “Elegy” with a distinct narrator who carries the weight of her history in her voice mourning for a dead lover. And you will find poems like Anjolie York’s “Blood Moon Tango” in which a dance with a stranger takes a sinister turn and evokes the darker side of the fairy tales we learned when we were young. This edition has art pieces like Rebecque Asher’s “Three Point Fix,” which brings together artistic and technical achievement with personal expression. Her still life represents objects of personal importance to her that hold deeper symbolic meaning, and is a reflection of the self.

But no matter the medium, we want to celebrate these acts of creativity. Producing art, music, poetry, and essays puts students in the position of owning their educations, of taking that great imaginative leap toward creating knowledge. Not all of these students will become professional writers or artists or musicians, but this work is deeply important nonetheless. As we know, creativity and imagination are central to not only to success in nearly every vocation, but also towards achieving individual potential and self- fulfillment. On the broadest level, creativity and imagination are critical components of problem solving and may yet prove vital towards dealing with the difficult social, global, and environmental problems this next generation faces.

We would like to thank all the students who submitted work for this edition, both those who are published here and those we could not find room for in this edition. We would also like to thank the faculty at the college for encouraging and supporting the creativity of our students.

Looking through this work energizes us and reminds us of the brilliance, talent, and potential of the students in our classrooms.

~ The editorial staff of The Noisy Water Review