Thank you for joining us in farewell – to the school year, to our peers, to memories, whatever it may be.
We understand farewells to lie at the threshold of transition - between schools, locations, partners, lives, and deaths. They relinquish influence over a person, place, or object, counting on a hope that all will be okay. As events move beyond our power, the bookending of intimacy and memory by farewells can carry relief or pain, simplify or complicate.
In this issue of Paprika! we encounter the farewell in various flavors, from letters to drabble to short shouts into the void. As editors, we hope that you might recognize your own language of “farewell” in the voices of our contributors, whether through inhabited spaces or ephemeral experience, and ultimately think upon how the farewell operates as a processing tool for interaction and sensitivity.
Calvin Liang ‘23, Peter Martinka ‘25, Kurt Huckleberry ‘25