After an even lengthier hiatus — need to recover my enthusiasm for this project — here’s another of my reviews of literary journals and genre magazines.
Pensive is an online literary journal published by the Northeastern University Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service.
What They Say About Themselves: “Founded in 2020, Pensive is published online biannually by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University, and showcases work that deepens the inward life; expresses a range of religious/spiritual/humanist experiences and perspectives; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; advances dialogue across difference; and challenges structural oppression in all its forms.”
Issue Reviewed: Issue 2 (Spring 2021)
Genre: Literary realism with spiritual elements
One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: “Entwined,” by Laine Cunningham. Regina, a single woman in an uninspiring job, takes in a stray cat who keeps showing up at her door. When Regina is stuck with cancer, the cat takes on a larger role in her life. What I found interesting here was the absence of dialogue; the story is all third-person limited omniscient narrative, but it works.
Exploding Helicopters: One Explosion. Not very much action in the stories.
Profanometer: Dammit. A few f-bombs here and there, but noting gratuitous.