LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
Birds follow patterns for foraging. They don’t pluck every berry off of every bush. Instead, they pick the easy berries and then move to the next bush. Their strategy is optimal because it produces the greatest yield in the least amount of time. This adaptive foraging method has been honed over millions of years and is practiced by all animals across the animal kingdom.
Human memory works in a similar way. When we scan our memory, we find items have been clustered together to allow for easy recollection. Certain words, tastes and sounds conjure specific images that we have categorized as related. While some of these patterns are specific to our individual experience, many are shared across regions and cultures.
The symbol of the bird as archetype has profound significance. In religion birds are often portrayed as mystical symbols representing the evolution of the soul. In Islam it is believed that souls of infidels enter birds of prey, while those of the faithful enter the tree of life. In Christianity birds are believed to represent souls in paradise. The Garuda bird, the mythical bird of life, sun and sky, appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. To the ancient Egyptians the symbol of the bird represented the soul leaving a person’s body. While the Celtic people believed birds were messengers of the gods.
Mariana Romero’s poem “Bird Funeral” stirs an ancient calling within us, a desire to dig deep into our wild, forgotten nature and discover our orphaned memories, the paths we abandoned, and the places where we took our final breaths. The illustration “Bluebird” depicts a girl following her winged creature wherever it should lead her and as far as it will take her.
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POET Mariana Romero is supposed to have her feet on the ground, but somehow, they constantly end up in the air. When she isn't floating around, she is writing, singing in the car or shower for pretend audiences, and trying to figure out how to actually fly.
RESIDENT ARTIST Letisia Cruz is the Resident Artist and Co-Editor of Petite Hound Press. She is a Cuban-American writer and illustrator enthralled by nature and the acute connection to form associated with illustration and poetry. Her visual vocabulary emerges through this focus and subsequently explores the connection between man and nature. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University's MFA program and currently lives in Miami, FL.
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