A Note from the Editor: Frank George IV
When a monarch butterfly enters its season of metamorphosis, she clings with only two small legs to a stem beneath the wind, trusting that she will hold on long enough to be transformed into beauty and wholeness. Though all the pressures bear down upon her, the hope of her potential gives her strength to persist. It is in this season of metamorphosis that Rocinante finds itself, and we recognize that in the waiting, we grow stronger.
Ovid’s Metamorphoses detailed countless stories of divine transformations in Greco-Roman mythology, and the commonality between so many of the tales is the act of silencing. Philomela, Acteon, Callisto, and countless others were silenced by the Gods, denied their rights by those in power so as to maintain the status quo. These tales are told so that we may learn to find our own voices, no matter the obstacles which stand before us, even if it means loss. But this year, we have determined that the metamorphosis of Rocinante, now in its second year as an online journal, will be one of growth and change, not regression and stasis.
Rocinante has maintained its conviction to showing up, taking up space, and speaking out as best we can. But in pursuing our missional goals as the world around us evolved, we have clearly seen that Rocinante and our university as a whole is in the midst of metamorphosis, and that process cannot be stopped; the aims and hopes of our journey are too great to give up. We are destined for a future when we will be fully grown into the souls which God wants us to become, and our metamorphosis will, for a time, be complete. And it is to that end that we have presented to you all this newest edition of our journal, and for your support, faithful reader, we are eternally grateful. I, on behalf our excellent staff, present to you Rocinante: A Journal of Art and Literature, Volume XVIII: Metamorphosis
Frank E. George IV