The holy city o Byzantium, in William Butler Yeats’ poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” ismarked by its riches, by treasures that retain their value long ater the creator has passedonto the Grey Havens, past the veil, into that mysterious realm. The theme o this year’svolume o
plays upon this very concept and presents a classical guardian o treasure: the grin. Our grin stands not or gold-enameled urns or timeless rescos;rather, our grin stands to protect the timeless treasure that is literature.There is a reason that written language is considered the mark o intelligence among species.Words have the capacity to wage wars and uel ghts, but more importantly, words have thepower to spread love and change the world. Literature gives us the opportunity to sharemoments that dene us; it gives us the ability to explore what, exactly, it means to be human.We, the editors o
have been generously given the opportunity to share withyou works that have inspired us, but rst, we must thank those who most aected our ownliterary journey: our amilies and riends or believing that we have something to say, andthe Cal Poly English department or helping us discover how to say it. To every one o the writers and poets who submitted work or consideration this year: thank you or believ-ing that your words can change the world and or having the courage to bare your soul inorder to do so. Thank you or oering us your riches. We are honored to exist in the presenceo greatness.Never stop writing.
Samantha Reynard & Meg Archer
The theme o
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ocuses on combining a contemporary style witha traditional context. The antique typeace reerences the hand-drawn charactero illuminated manuscripts o the ancient Byzantium Empire, while the
typeace represents a more modern element in design. These two styles combine tocreate a cohesive design that reerences two very distinct styles. The use o simplicityand white space was intentionally incorporated into the design in order to allow theliterature to stand out as the most important element o the journal. The body textwas also designed with that in mind, utilizing a
typeace with plenty o spacebetween lines to allow or readability.Color choice also relates to the overall theme. The deep red hue is used to representantique book cloth covers, while the gray is used to add a touch o contemporarystyle to the design. Using the grion as a symbol throughout the journal stands asthe guardian o treasure—in this case the literature—o the journal. The designand creation o
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has truly been a journey, and I am grateul or theopportunity to work with the English department and be a part o this great tradition.