We invite you to contribute to the fifth issue of Prospect, entitled Oasis.
OASIS: for me the word conjures visions of palm trees; pure, refreshing springs; olives and dates; the heady fragrance of citrus and jasmine - scent memories of beautiful times and places; camels; and the colorful tents of nomadic tribes. Perhaps this list is based on romantic notions of distant topoi, such as the Silk Road, imagined by this Northern-dweller. Your list of associations will be different than mine, I am sure.
Oasis evokes a peripheral lexicon of words that shelter one from difficult circumstances, if only as metaphor, such as island, sanctuary, paradise, refugia, and utopia. Mirage, a related term, is not necessarily an hallucination (as the optical effects are real), but is no more useful than a dream or a vision, without the tangible benefits of an oasis.
Technically, oasis is defined as a fertile spot in an otherwise barren region. The isolated area of vegetation is fostered by the presence of a natural occurrence of water in an arid zone, either from a rare surfacing of a subterranean water source or from a geology that has the ability to retain moisture, unlike the surrounding sands.
An oasis can be real or illusory, a place that provides all that is fundamental for survival, nourishing both the physical and the spiritual. The mere utterance of the word sounds like a sigh of relief or ecstasy—OASIS—coupling an exclamation (O) with an exhalation (ahs).
What are your visions of Oasis?
We look forward to your project submission in whatever form it manifests—as poetry, fiction, description or analysis, photo essay, drawing, or collage to name a few possibilities.
Prospect is a forum to encourage playful and critical response and a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to central themes in landscape studies. Despite this being an age of digital media, our advisory council has decided to exchange these responses in a physical format. Other issues of Prospect include: Outcrop (2016), Necropolis (2015), Sited (2014), and Wildernesses(2013).
Journal size: A5 (8.27 x 5.83”)
4 pages total of images or text (more upon consideration of editors)
Submit images at 300 DPI, approximately 8 x 10”
DEADLINE: October 15, 2017