We are so thrilled to present Surging Tide Issue Nine. As we welcome in summer, we welcome in the thrill, joy, and intensity of change. Scorching skies soften into nostalgic nights, the air filled with the scent of gardenias. These are precious, crucial times. As graduating seniors, this is our first summer away from routine, away from the expected. Come fall, we will journey to new states, new opportunities.
In “Riv(ul)et,” Cathleen Balid documents the story of a family before the rise and recession of the sea. We learn the ache and allure of beauty in “Gardenias” by Caroline Rubin. In “I Never Learned How to Love You,” Smile Ximai Jiang reminds us of the sounds of nostalgia, writing, “Love is an inevitability I once knew: / the rasp of cicadas in summer.” Capturing a blizzarding neighborhood, Mackenzie Duan writes, “Somewhere / the world is still. It’ll pass.” In just a few weeks, our second annual writing contest will open for submissions with poetry judge Hua Xi and prose judge aureleo sans. We can’t wait to read your amazing work as we put together our collective last issue as co-editors. Thank you to our readers for your support during these past three issues, and we’re ecstatic for what summer will bring.