Guest Post by Mandy Medina
Although the online Red Rover Magazine is fairly new and has only produced one annual issue in Winter 2021, what they have holds deep messages for those who need them. I was particularly drawn to the poem “valleys to the heart” by Marciel Laquindanum, which speaks of how there are those who have gone through similar situations before:
there i saw in the reflection of the river
people who found their emotions
and cried because they saw them
for the first time . . .
But also, how they were (and now the speaker is) able to find their way through the hardships that filled their short lives:
and at that moment
those before me needed to cross the valley
to see what was in their heart
so now i walk through this valley
with their flowers in my hand
ready to see what is in mine
Red Rover is a publication focused on mental health but does not limit itself to works of “well-being as a product.” Rather, the editors “are more interested in works that inspired well-being as a process.”
As a resource for those who are dealing with mental issues, magazines like Red Rover show that they are not alone, what they are going through is normal, and there are people out there who have gone through similar situations. Having magazines with a mental health and well-being focus allows people to have creative outlets to share their stories through poetry, photos, and fiction. It gives them a sense that they are not alone and perhaps gives them the strength to move forward in their life so they can also assist someone else who is lost.
Red Rover is currently accepting submissions through October 31, 2022, for its second issue.
Red Rover Magazine was founded by James N. Pollard in March 2020.
Reviewer bio: Mandy Medina is a game enthusiast who uses creative writing and music to make it through the day.