Out of Orbit
Out of Orbit explores worlds thrown from their natural course by a stronger force. It asks the question: What does it mean to be distanced from your center of gravity and left to rebuild a new sense of place?
The works within are both beautifully grounded and wonderfully elevated, some even bordering on the absurd. There’s a story of immigrant workers on a chicken farm, the birth of something foreign, a house slowly disintegrating around its occupants, and surrounding the stories, poetic lines that will challenge you and make you stop to consider.
Author of Where the Bears Roam the Streets
Author of Big-Eyed Afraid and The Small Blades Hurt
Caroline Belle Stewart
Colleen Louise Barry
Cover & Interior Art
Design & Layout
From the Publisher
Bridge Eight has always existed to publish writing that says something true about our human experience. It operates on the conviction that literary works can push us to ask questions about our world, and provide a context–a grounding–or perhaps just a necessary escape.
With this issue, we explore the concept of being thrown “Out of Orbit,” which for us is a question of belonging that asks, “What happens when the rules shift and we’re thrown from everything we know?”
I couldn’t be more proud of the result. The work here represents a strong collaboration between guest editors and staff. It explores “Orbit” on multiple levels and from different vantage points, and does so with style, humor, and originality.
Finally, this issue is published at a time when so many things are displaced and threatened. It does not shy away from the undercurrents of thought and emotion that flow through and among us today. Our hope is that these pieces will tap into these undercurrents and allow us to wander into some challenging and exciting spaces.
About the Artist
We’re honored to have the chance to feature several licensed pieces by Jeremy Geddes, an Australian-based artist who is most well known for his paintings of cosmonauts and people floating, story falling, colliding and drifting in empty landscapes. His work is intoxicating.
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