Surging Tide is so excited to present our first issue of 2023. In Issue 8, we decided to configure our writing pieces into short-form and long-form sections as a way to decategorize and commit ourselves to publishing genre-defying, interdisciplinary art. Only a month into the new year, we’ve already sustained what feels like an everlasting cycle of violence. Tragedy after tragedy seems to chip away at the very foundation of our humanity. We keep losing pieces of ourselves in the torrent of grief. Yet in Issue 8, these writers, artists, and musicians remind us that art survives. MJ Gomez tells us in “Love Letters from a Burning Planet” to “picture the world made anew.” Mark C. Duke uses a ballpoint pen to pronounce unity. Katie Tian writes, “there is no ending to this elegy…even at the bottom of the well, you’re still dreaming of bluer skies.”
In our new long-form section, we’re thrilled to publish Spencer Silverthorne’s hybrid piece, “The Speaker Is Listening to ‘Opus 23’ After an Occasion of Not Seeing Anyone for Miles,” alongside the referenced musical arrangement— “Opus 23” by pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran. Together, Silverthorne and O’Halloran’s art blend in stunning experimentation.
To our readers, thank you for staying with Surging Tide and for believing in the power of art. We hope you find solace and strength in us and in the world.
With Love, Sophia Liu & Andrew Kang Co-Editors-in-Chief