Welcome to Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s SPACE issue. From the very small to the enormity of our imaginations, essays grow from the furtive earth-bed of mushroom forests to the stars. Granville Carroll’s afro-futuristic cover artwork “Becoming” places us in space. John Angerson provides the obligatory rocket-propelled photos. Matilde Gattoni reminds us that one’s freedom to explore space can suddenly be taken away. The connection with space doesn’t stop there. Melissa Tuckman’s aptly titled poem “Space Junk” connects space debris to modern living. A new section on New Nature Writing probes the world beyond our urban confines. In the second outing for Decolonising Travel, there are excruciating, painful stories, sexual imaginings in the steam room, and personal reflections on historical ties to oppression; all whilst giving writers who have come through VONA/Faith Adiele’s writing programme space to share their work. We finish the issue with a stroll through London — the most ethnically diverse world capital — through the lens of Books Editor Nicolas D. Sampson.
Foreign Puzzle is an intimate documentary that explores interior space and its external manifestation through movement [in space] to communicate that which cannot be expressed through words. Sharon, a Mexican American dancer, and mother to 6-year-old Dali is plagued by uncertainty. As medicine traverses through the miles and miles of blood vessels, microscopic cancer cells die in her body but are they all truly gone? Will she be around to see her son graduate from high school? Will he be ok if she is gone? Suspended between life and death, she creates a 90 min dance the “Materiality of Impermanence.”