2016 was a tumultuous year; and like most people, the Moledro staff found solace in works of poetry, fiction, essays, photography, and art. In this blog post, I've shared the pieces that some of our editors believe were few of the best they've inhaled.
The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:
This book helped me get over my grandmother's death because it explained the meaning of life, as well as the illusion of death in the context of Hindu mythology.
Esse, by Czeslaw Milosz
By presenting an interesting concept of love at first sight, this poem instilled in me the belief that it's okay to follow my heart rather than my head in some situations.
I consider this to be a piece of art that really resonated within me because it prevented me from succumbing to peer pressure this year by reminding me that it's completely acceptable to stand alone and hold your own beliefs, however different they may be from others' opinions.
My favourite 2016 pieces of art were the photographs of Barack Obama, taken by the official White House photographer Pete Souza. The series showed a very humane side of the man who has been among the most powerful people in the world as it is today. Something about the sincerity that shone through these pictures, especially in those with children, made me smile, and I might've returned to them maybe five times since I saw them first.
lessons in impermanence by Dana Chiueh (From Issue 4 of Moledro)
It reminded me to enjoy the moment now; that nothing is forever.
Anger by Ariana Brown and Arati Warrier
“Anger” by Ariana Brown and Arati Warrier is a slam poem that I found comforting this year. It speaks of brown women resisting the world’s urges to shrink them. It reminds me to “convert fury to beauty,” and use my strength to endure what tries to silence me.
There are, I'm sure, essays more lyrical, more moving, more poignant, more capital L literary than Keegan's, but hers is written with so much heart, zeal, and yes, youth, that it always rouses me to write and live sincerely and, in Keegan's words, make something happen to this world.
Equanimity by Yuan Changming(From Issue 1 of Moledro)
My favourite piece was 'Equanimity" by Yuan Changming from Issue 1. It helped me believe that I have the power to hold light in my hands, to spread this light without being swallowed in shadows. It made be believe that I may be young, but I am still powerful.