Prólogo | Prologue
COVID-19 has rent the world as we know it. Or has it? Disease and suffering are hardly new, nor are the political and social turmoil that have been brought so much closer for many of us and yet sadly remain all too familiar to many more. At the College, we have struggled to continue teaching, learning, discovering, creating. This is not college as we know it! Or is it? Consider the students in Montserrat (the class of 2024 in the index), for whom this is the college experience they know, and upperclassmen who have experienced a change, but who have risen to the challenge of learning anew. This is the world as we know it, college as we know it, the community as we know it, and the works in this edition speak to the enduring spirit of creativity that, like the blooms on the tree in the work Blooming Thoughts (︎), continually refreshes our understanding of the world. Looking inward, outward, in the mirror and at other art forms, at blank canvases, Zoom grids, and blinking cursors, the creators whose works appear on the pages of fósforo 18 have turned to creative expression as a way to help us know our world — the world as we know it — a little better.
—Dan Frost, ed.