Underground Pool - Issue Four
Underground Pool Letter from the Editors
In the fourth edition of Underground Pool, we’d like to share a collection of writing that takes the reader into the finicky nature of searching. You will encounter many different narrators and voices that range from chaotic and panicked to determined and restless as a result of searching in today’s fast paced society. The narrators are often trying to make sense of their world by seeking out something that will hopefully give them understanding to how it works and who they are inside of it.
The poems in this edition all have a certain quality of longing for love, for acceptance and for recognition that always stays with you through life to a certain degree, but is amplified while you’re young and in the progress of finding your place in the world. Some of the poems deal with a particular romanticized version of longing, not a lust, but rather a desire for the façade of completeness that being in a relationship provides. There is also a darker edge to the searching for one’s self: rejection. A few of the poems tackle this scorned edge of searching as well. The poems range from the truly sentimental, as you’ll read about the adoration of someone’s hands, nose and laugh in “Noses”, to the disdainful, as you’ll read in “On Love”, a poem that tactfully whisks you from sexualized love to the love of a childhood pet.
In this magazine is a collection of short stories by a selection of talented young writers. The characters they have crafted all find themselves searching for something, both in a literal and introspective sense, just out of reach—from beer in a father’s fridge to love at first sight to even a legendary African beast. These searching, hunting, longing protagonists reflect how college often becomes a time we spend searching to find ourselves, our art, and our futures. This edition of Underground Pool strives to encompass that complex feeling that is growing up in today’s world.