Blue Oculus by Fahmina Israt

 

 

The world has always identified with heroes and villains. Heroes are glorified with good while villains are identified as being completely evil. When I think of heroes and villains I am reminded of Marvel and DC comics. Such heroes represent the kind of character we strive to attain inside ourselves. The villains in our lives could be acquaintances, friends that betrayed us or never liked us or even ourselves. After all, we are our own worst enemy. Jordan Peterson said, “You won’t do what you tell yourself to do. You must have noticed that. It’s like You’re a bad employee and a worse boss. And both of those work, you know, for you. You don’t know what to do and then when you tell yourself want to do you don’t do it anyways. You should fire yourself and find someone else to be.” Youtube Video: “Life Advice Will Change Your Future (Must Watch) Feb. 19, 2018 Heroes and Villains are also essential to the nature of our existence. People love and hate, argue or disagree and then make war. When a villain creates devastating circumstances anyone may find themselves in need of a hero. In our world today we face Covid 19 as our villain and essential staff that work at hospitals, health service, rescue team, stores or restaurants are being called “Heroes.” Before we knew anything about Covid 19, Prachya Review chose the theme Heroes and Villains. In this publication we consider the characteristics that create a villain or hero. In what ways might you see yourself as a villain or a hero. As you read this publication think of what side of line you are standing on. Do you play the courageous hero to save those you love most and deny yourself, treating yourself as a villain? Or do you struggle to treat people justly and make yourself out to be a villain? Chances are we all have a heroic and villainous side to us. How can you be challenged to be a better hero for yourself and society?

POETRY EDITOR : SHAFINUR SHAFIN (BANGLADESH)

PROSE EDITOR: IAN CRAVEN (US), ANIKA SHAH (BANGLADESH)
PROSE CO-EDITOR: NAYMA AFREEN (BANGLADESH)

Poery Co-Editor: Roshan Morve

Cover design: Fahmina Israt (Canada-Bangladesh)

Content:

Poems

POEMS BY ROBERT RENÉ GALVÁN

POEMS BY JOHN GREY

POEMS BY BUSAMOYA PHODISO MODIRWA

POEMS BY WILLIAM RULEMAN

POEMS BY GAVIN BOURKE

Stories

WAIST DEEP BY HAYDEN MOORE

BLUE DESIRE BY LYDIA SANDERS

UPWARDLY MOBILE BY ABHIJIT CHAKI

Flash Fiction

GRAND PRIZE GAME BY TRAVIS TURNER

Translation

English Translation of Rainer Maria Rilke and Alfons Petzold

Book Review

POETRY BOOK REVIEW BY PAUL THOMPSON