An Editors’ Note

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Tongue.

We begin with the opening of a poem by Darren Morris, a moment of quiet, choral interrogation that graces our pages: “What am I the voice says.”

What am I? It’s a fair question—one that any new literary project should be asked, and one that we’ve often asked ourselves. This is how we answer: Tongue is a space for new kinds of collaboration and hybridity; in the spirit of the Pirogue Collective and the Gorée Institute, Tongue is a place where we, through honest dialogue and generous confrontation, rebuild our love of poetry.

Here then are poems, translations, and photographs by twenty writers and artists from divergent creative and cultural traditions. We see resonances between them—but really it’s about what you see…

As editors, we wrestle a bit with our chosen home: the online journal. But we are nonetheless inspired to take up the promise of expansive conversation that the digital offers. We can, yes, embrace this environment without compromising the aesthetic experience of the book as object, as artifact, as a thing of beauty. That’s our endeavor. Read more.