Issue 5: Things that Float — Editors’ Note

Welcome, readers, to The Golden Key’s fifth issue: Things that Float. Inside you’ll find five poems and seven stories that speak to this issue’s themes of suspension, buoyancy, and resiliency. Space loomed as a large consideration in many of the submissions for this issue; in as much as floating objects were considered, the places they floated—in air, in water, in outer space—received equal attention.

This issue is a study in sustainability. In how things persist. Where they turn up. In Rebecca Hurst’s story, “The Ring,” a piece of gold passes hands, stomachs, and water systems. “Water Lily Monster,” a flash fiction story by Anne Lacy, peels back the petals of a sustained craving, turned rotten the longer it’s left to sit in the swamp. Janna Layton’s poem, “October Beach, Late November,” showcases whole macrocosms left to shimmer in life after the death of what’s been washed ashore.

What these short stories and poems have in common is a relationship with floating: There is a motion to it, and often a slipperiness. Kites bob and weave, fish swarm, the moon speaks, and not always things we want to hear. To float, to stay afloat, cannot always be easy, or arbitrary.

This issue would not have been made possible without the phenomenal talent of illustrator Priscilla Boatright (LINK:, who supplied the delightful artwork within, or without your continued support of our journal. If you are able, please consider supporting us through a donation. All gains are put toward our goal of payment for all our contributors, and our continued commitment to better showcase their work.

— Susan Anspach and LiAnn Yim
December 2014

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