Volume 21: Metamorphosis
In nature, the classic example of a caterpillar encapsulating itself in a cocoon and emerging a winged butterfly epitomizes metamorphosis: three distinct stages of shifting beauty merge to form the developmental process of a single creature. Similar transformations are seen throughout the natural world, as water-dwelling tadpoles grow lungs and become land-dwelling frogs, abandoned hayfields slowly transition into mature forests, and sedimentary rocks morph under pressure until their structure is entirely changed.
On a personal level, we experience such changes as we grow, develop, and become increasingly self-aware. Governments and empires rise and fall, and communities constantly grow and adapt to changing circumstances. Entire belief systems can migrate with scientific paradigm shifts, such as when Einstein’s theory of relativity provided a new way of examining the universe beyond Newtonian physics.
Today, as human society faces the growing challenge of climate change, many environmentalists are calling for a cultural shift to bring us into greater alignment with the natural world. Like a desert exploding with color after springtime rains, will rooftops and parking lots around the world blossom into gardens and green spaces? Like a seam of marble whose composition has been scrambled by eons of intense force, will our society change its very nature in response to current environmental pressures?
Volume 21 of Whole Terrain seeks provocative, insightful, and original explorations on the theme of Metamorphosis that encompass the full range and scope of environmental practice. We welcome essays, personal reflections, investigative journalism, short fiction, creative non-fiction, visual art, graphic novel excerpts, and poetry that examine any and all aspects of Metamorphosis. Prose submissions are limited to 2,000 words, and should be double-spaced with numbered pages and word count noted. Poetry submissions may include up to three separate poems. Electronic submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org are strongly encouraged.
Reading period ends December 31, 2013.
Inquiries and submissions may be sent to:
Editor, Whole Terrain
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431-3552
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