As a body of ingenious enterprise, Lunaris Review has positioned itself in the achievement of an aim. That which is to share ingenuity and inventiveness, without forgetting the needful: satiating the readers’ thirst along this chosen path to becoming an enabling platform where astounding creativity is sought, and interstices between artists (creative minds) and readers (the creative populace) are finally bridged.
We have remained true to the course; undaunted as the clouds gather, covering sunrays, and the heavens tendering the earth while we plough its abundant terra prima for its bounties. Yet, the cycle remains incomplete and the mission unaccomplished without us bringing you the few and fresh tendering we have gathered from the numerous.
For these, we at Lunaris Review owe the numerous contributors (of the declined submissions inclusive) inestimable appreciation for entrusting us to share their creativity.
(Dear readers), it is with utmost delight that we present and share with you the Maiden/First Issue of Lunaris Review. The First Issue is a collection of awesome photography, poetry, flash fiction, meta-flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and short story with deeply profound, although diverse, but interconnected thematic pre-occupations that we as a race of distinctly unique peoples have come to known as integral parts of our sojourn through life. Premises such as ignorance, mysticism, beauty, betrayal, revenge, love, pain, collectivism, neo-imperialism etc, have been balanced with various artistic embroideries, that our editors have simply themed the Issue as one giant approach to life and its duplicities.
This step marks the initiation of the Lunaris Review’s cycle. As the Moon wanes to wax stronger, we hope to overrun your chalice with better tendering of creativity at the turn of the second issue. Therefore, we admonish you to stay the course and walk this illuminating path with us.
Do have a pleasant read.
Publisher/Founding Editor, LUNARIS REVIEW
ADEDAMOLA ADEFOLAHAN · ADJEI AGYEI-BAAH · AJISE VINCENT · AYOOLA GOODNESS OLANREWAJU · BISI ABIOLA · COBY DANIELS YEBOAH · EDUFUL ISHMAEL · KINGSLEY CHARLES · NENE TETTEH ADUSU · OTARERI ENOH SAMUEL · PHILO MALIZE KING · TUKUR RIDWAN ISHOLA
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At Lunaris Review, we hold the belief that although stardust are kindred of the Sun and just as resplendent in brilliance, they never appear in her company. It is this ideology that drives us further in our aim always to deliver fresh ingenious works, unparalleled in comparison to every previous issue – works that bear the signatures of adept and creative contributors from various geographical settings.
Contained in this second issue are priceless pieces like “Coin” Tolulope Oke considers as the most ‘disturbing’ to read; Michael Flynn’s “At last I, You” Adedamola Adefolahan describes as ‘a blend of twists and turns in the maze of metaphors’; “Emptiness” by Ajise Vincent, which Arhin Tsiwah professes ‘gave birth to an African forgiving love-heart’. The staggering way in which these works seem to explode and implode in symmetry rests majorly in the way they commend themselves to us as a giant whole.
Given that we have gone up a few notches with this mélange of exquisite read, we have decided to make your journey with us easier by adding few aces to our sleeves. We had our website redesigned with a better interface; this should allow easier access from any internet enabled device and smooth surfing of contents. More so, we are happy to have on board an Art/Photography Editor, Artist Carol Brown, whose vastness in the Creative Arts is sure to be of added advantage.
Since as custodians of Art we are better positioned to enlighten one another, we asked our various contributors – both for this issue and the previous, to submit their takes (quotes) on certain themes that border on life. This is our way of believing and sharing creativity in the togetherness knowledge requires. This is the Lunaris Review way.
Do have a pleasant read.
Co-founding Editor, Lunaris Review
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After weeks of wing decisions, groundwork on our part, and anticipation from our trustworthy readers, we are delighted to present to you Lunaris Review’s outstanding Issue 3. Contained is the remarkable narrative of D. Vaisius’ Keith; the lyrical sermon of purification in Outlar’s Fervent Proclamation; the African romanticism of Adulrahman’s Timbuktu and the verdurous canvasses of Keith Moul, David Olufemi and Vineesh Mudrika, to mention a few – all of which intermingle into an iridescent network to beam life and beauty. Simply put, this third issue is an embodiment of creatively queer sermons.
Consequently, conscious of our stance as a mediator between illecebrous and brilliant artistry and intelligent readership (the world), it was not an easy endeavour, as our editors had to sift through piles of outstanding submissions to select the few that made this issue. We received a lot, but unfortunately could not publish all. This only ascertains the burst of creativity surging through our world, and the place of journals in harnessing this energy.
We are inestimably grateful to those who entrust us with their works and those who gave us the opportunity to share their creativity.
In addition, we would like to use this medium in welcoming and to appreciate the undaunted effort of new members of the editorial team: Andanje Wobanda, the new fiction/nonfiction editor; Victor Ogunsola, the manuscript editor and Hezekiah Oladele, the assistant graphics editor.
Dear readers, instead of going on and on, we would allow the issue speak for itself. We urge your continual readership and support alike, and hope that through this symbiotic relationship we can bring Art to its deserved place.
Do have a gratifying read.
Tolulope Oke & Damilare Bello
Co-founding editors, Lunaris Review
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We strive to satiate your thirst for fine artistry with every issue; again we have broken grounds and done a bit more to harness the best of creativity surging through our sphere. Although, “selecting (from the hundreds of submissions) for every issue of Lunaris Review is like dribbling a lip pass a lactating teat, the harder the drilling effort, the better the process yields.” (Nana Arhin Tsiwah)
Consequently, we are confident and delighted to present the astounding Issue 4 of Lunaris Review, which houses astounding works that make a fine-tuned stretch of art graced with brilliant aestheticism. Or better still “texts that are psycho-philosophical explorations, bordering on re-imaging and re-imagining” (Damilare Bello) and “stories that are complex, encompassing religion and science, and then ending with self questioning, and beautifully”. (Andanje Wobanda) More so, sprinkled in flourishing abundance are poetic gospels that “reveal the true beauty of life…with deep imagery” (Adedamola Adefolahan) and artworks “very pleasing to the eye, yet aggressive and aesthetically powerful!…Demeanour of Art that floors one with a pattern of warm glory and horizontal images”. (Artist Carol Brown)
For this reason, we are inestimably grateful to those who entrusted us their works and those who gave us the opportunity to share their creativity.
In addition, I would like to use this medium to appreciate the tireless effort of the editorial team and in welcoming the new Managing Editor of Lunaris Review, Eniola Cole, who has been responsible for the coordination of the journal‘s affair.
Dear readers, we urge your continual readership and support alike, and we would rather allow the issue speaks for itself than engage you in a long-winded enticing narrative.
Do have a blissful reading.
Founding Editor/Publisher, Lunaris Review
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When someone received a knock on the head with a hammer or an anvil,
a huge banana would grow out of their scalp. For years, I couldn’t eat bananas…
These lines are from Ricky Garni’s “Cartoon” written in an amusing literary fashion. One would definitely get caught in its web of aesthetic fascination. Words cannot fully express the amusement of words; the staccato of artistic strokes and the beauty in lines when you flip through the pages of Issue 5.
There are no limitations, except the ones we create for ourselves. At Lunaris Review, we have yet again pushed the creativity boundaries, and have achieved a mark of literary finesse, bringing you the best of different artists. We have done a bit more by capturing the true essence of art and literature: our hybrid piece “My Saviour” by Maribella Genova breathes in a new phase of literary expression, or better put, “a landmark achievement in the realm of modern psychological English prose fiction” according to Dr. Dalip Khetarpal.
Dear readers, with all pomp and pageantry, we are pleased to present the awesomeness of Lunaris Review’s Issue 5. If you were to take a day off from the troubles of the world, where would you go? Nicole Fougère knows exactly where to go. Or should we speak life into the eccentric capture of “Women in Vanity”? We would leave that for you to decide. Enough cannot be said of “Vagina”. It is that deep and deep does many things. The “Generative Genesis of Grammar” with its play on words is another remarkable piece. We have garnered the finest reads and we hope to satiate your reading appetite.
Dear lovely readers, we urge your continual readership and hope you find this Issue interesting enough to catch your fancy. To those who entrusted us their works and those who gave us the opportunity to share their creativity, we are grateful.
We wish you a pleasant reading.
Managing Editor, Lunaris Review
· · MARIBELLA GENOVA ·
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There are no limitations to writing; there are, however, limitations to how we would want divorcés to be remarried in the cup of our writings. These and many more thoughts and huge (im)balances are subjected to the mastery of the writer.
This 6th Issue of Lunaris Review has created a different margin of how incredibly different Arts could be merged to create auxiliaries of aesthetics that appeal not only to sight but to sensibilities; sensitivities.
Who can resist the charm and therapeutic enthrallment that ignites from the works of Bikram Kumar Mohapatra especially, “Bare Solitude”? The first line of “A Divine Tragedy” as poignantly inscribed by Dhee Sylvester is mind confinement – eluding a certain feel that subdues. P. D. Prasad makes you not only admire nature in an artistic way, instead his pizzaz makes one to appreciate nature in a way that deadens the figment of the mind; the strokes, the reality and the impression are simply gluing! The imagistic allurement of Susannah Chovnick’s “Learning to Fly” does not only whets, but induces a kind of crave to explore the knots embedded line after line.
This 6th issue is a bouquet of flavoured and colourful works that would leave readers awed for as long as they read and re-read. To those who entrusted us their works; those who gave us the opportunity to share their creativity, we at Lunaris Review are most grateful for the confidence you keep exuding in us. To our liefling readers, thank you for your consistent support; enjoy another collection of sheen works.
Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah
Poetry Editor, Lunaris Review
· Ebo Nwannediuto ·
F O R E W O R D
We are all words, in our entirety. Man was marked by it from inception, at the outset of things, and it in-turn measures his life to the very end. There are no limitations to the functionality of words: poetry, prose, drama or even art. The artistry and mastery, thoughts and imagination of words are subject to writers; but how to obtain these words, its taste and texture, is left to the readers.
Dear readers, Lunaris Review’s Issue 7 is a tasteful compendium of art for you. It habours Home by Covenant Chimnonso who expresses: “I am a failed artist trying…to tell the story of the colour in his home”. The post-colonial disillusionment of governance in most African countries, very disappointing, is projected in The Ballot by Wafula p’khisa. You cannot resist the wordplays, metaphors and enigma in the works of Ross Stager and Akor Emmanuel Oche. Abayomi Ogunniyi gives a stimulating description of Ibadan as “The art of clay painted in the mind of solitude…” Tchilaah Haitan offers you a tasteful art of a rural landscape punctured by people. There are even more to taste in works of C.J Anderson-Wu, Francis Dobbs, Robert Ebinabo Fortune, Pijush Kanti Deb and others.
Dear reader, this issue is loaded with insightful and marvellous works for you.
We are grateful to the contributors for entrusting their works to us. Thanks to you, readers, for without you, there will be no Lunaris Review. We will always give you the best. Thanks.
Department of English and Lit.,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.