When I look at our cover art for Issue 6—the painting Sinking Slow by Cleveland artist Amy Casey—I can’t help but think of our current socially distant circumstances. The way that house floats all by itself in the forest conjures a sense of loneliness, yes, and maybe anxiety or even dread, but I don’t see it in a purely negative light. I first encountered this image before the COVID-19 pandemic, before the canceled events and stay-at-home orders, before the world as we knew it began changing all around us. Back then, I thought the painting conveyed peace, the kind of solitude required for artistic creation. So that’s what I think of when I look at it now—especially when I place it in the larger context of the writing that appears in this latest issue of Gordon Square Review.