"Suppose, reader, on a cool summer day, you descended a long wooden stair that led through a bluff to a beach - call it Wardencliff - in search of, say a hag, who is rumored to live in a cave by the shore…"
"As I drew nearer to the old Catholic church, its weathered brick surface was flickering, writhing, and changing. The building metamorphosed into a huge, coiled rattlesnake, though it also remained a building in some partial way beyond explanation. "
For the next five months, AZURE will publish serial installments of Aurelia: A Ballet in Prose, a contemporaneously unfolding novel by Sakina B. Fakhri. A libretto establishing the 5-Act story structure and plot thread is provided in this issue.
"The last extant monastery of the Order of Circassia was designed with an eye towards Pythagorean-Platonic numerical theories and their interaction with the cosmic constellations; oculi in the parapets accorded with the movements of stars in particular seasons; coruscating beams rendered intricate its interior. Later, performers in the court of Catherine de Medici would dance according to the configurations by which this monastery admitted starlight."