From The Ashes We Arrive

Alain Ginsberg

First and foremost I aim to begin this letter in a way to express my gratitude to you (the                  reader), you (the one who submitted work for we, the editors), and you (the founder of Metatron, Ashley Obscura). Without whom this project would not have taken off from the stage or behind the scenes. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be brought aboard to help curate the inaugural issue of ÄLPHÄ.

Which brings me to the crux of beginning, of a start, of the place of ÄLPHÄ, the connotations of which bring to mind pack mentality, or corroboration and collaboration. To be at the ÄLPHÄ or apex position isn’t necessarily the start but the forefront, the guiding point, the north star so-to-speak, which is what excites me so much about what we are beginning with this blog. To be an “alpha” figure is often to be described as peak and associated with aggression, power, capital, but what does “alpha” mean to a writer? To anyone who feels a need to grow the world into something habitable again, or to repurpose habitat as something livable for once?

I have been a follower of Metatron for over a year and a half, nearing two years now, and had been drawn to the work that was published on the ÖMËGÄ blog for a while before submitting work myself, because the work that was published was quite assured in itself in the placement of the world it was written. ÖMËGÄ read to me as the point in which the writer found itself in it’s home, not necessarily the end of a story, but a point in which the writer can rest or return to without complication or retribution that could skew the events the piece would take place within. With the ending of ÖMËGÄ, as an editor and curator, I’m taking this to set ÖMËGÄ as that place of return and assuredness, whereas with ÄLPHÄ we are carving into something new to be formed by what we find in this future state.

The pieces that we have settled upon for the first issue from the original 100+ showcase those thoughts and feelings. Where do we begin our work when we begin to decompose the order and structure of something corrupt, something that displaces the well-being and health of those it guides. Which leads us to how we have found thematic trends in the works presented and have ordered them as such: Queered Future, Alpha Nouveau, Deterioration, Memory, and Rebirth.

By Queered Future we don’t mean to focus on solely queerness and futurity, but taking futurity and eschewing the nature of what it means to outlive the present and exist into a nonlinear space. With Alpha Nouveau we find works that present the commonalities associated with alphaic mentalities but used in ways that carve space for newer guiding powers. Deterioration is necessary in anything ascribing to order; to present a system as something alchemic, we must break down what has been to figure out what we can work with to build something new. What is more powerful to build with than Memory? That which grows and ascribes ideological truth of times felt in control and where that control of autonomy in life, living, and death becomes lost to us. Finally we are brought to Rebirth, the space in which we are taking our first steps into new territory, just with more experienced hands.

All of the pieces presented in Issue One: Into Forever showcase these themes in some ways stronger than others, and it is because of the grouping of them together that we find where we need to travel to next. Won’t you help us in walking toward a new Alpha?