Stone Soup Magazine: May 2021

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Stone Soup Magazine: May 2021. Volume 49, Issue 5, 48 pp.

Editor’s Note

When I saw Emma Tian’s photograph Majesty (this month’s cover image), I immediately knew that it had to be on a cover—not only because it’s an excellent photograph but because its power lies partly in its size. It is a photograph that wants to overwhelm you, to make you aware of the weight of time and history, of the fleeting nature of civilization and the ongoingness of nature—of sky, tree, grass. 

Emma took this photograph in the inner courtyards of the Heidelberg Castle ruins in Germany, a castle that was originally built around the year 1225 and then destroyed and rebuilt multiple times before becoming a tourist attraction. 

So often, the photos we take as tourists are not artistic: they serve merely as records—“I went there, I saw this.” Emma’s photo, however, says so much more. It is beautiful, of course, but there is also something very eerie about it. Note the clouds in the sky, and especially the dark shadow in the upper right-hand corner: they suffuse the image with a sense of foreboding. The light is a bit strange, as well—too yellow— and something about the shadows the walls cast onto the grass feels “off”—like the light is coming from a place other than I expect. 

Take a walk around your neighborhood with a camera ready: can you take a photograph of a structure or place that makes you see it in a new, and timeless, way?


personal narrative

30 The Bakery  by Rubina Davila 


33 The Trials and Tribulations of Swifty Appledoe (Part Two)  by Ariana Kralicek


7 The Fall  by Ananya Nigam 

13 Awaiting a Letter  by Lila C. Kassouf 

20 Treason: What’s That?  by Kinga Czajkowska 

27 Ripples in the  Pond  by Karen Susanto


Cover: Majesty  by Emma Tian 

6 Crooked Shadows  by Claire Lu

12 Hat Girl  by Keira Callahan 

19 Bubble  by Claire Lu 

22 Two drawings from the Kakuma Refugee Camp  by Anonymous 

26 Rabbit through the Grass  by Grace Gorzelany 

29 Perspective  by Grace Williams

32 Girl in the Sun  by Sage Millen

48 Highlights from

49 Honor Roll


10 Autumn Leaves  at a Funeral  by Enni Harlan 

11 My heart  by Aya David-Ramati 

24 Speak  by Suhani Pandya

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