Two Lines 24
And then she doesn’t want to see anything or think anything anymore. She closes her eyes and leans on the glass of the balcony door and with her eyes closed listens to the darkness of the house spreading itself around her and listens to the heartless hum of cars down below in the street.
—from “Something Will Happen, You’ll See” by Christos Ikonomou, translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich
Choosing is the problem. It’s impossible for any issue to be representative, capturing all cultures, histories, and languages, even though we work with every issue to bring more voices into Two Lines. But we have to choose, whether that choice is toward balance, or toward our aesthetic, or even, sometimes, pointedly against our aesthetic. We choose not to fill issues only with what we think will feel familiar to our American audience, but we also recognize that it’s those same familiarities that let us (all of us) decide if we like something or not. —CJ EVANS