Editor’s Note: October 2017

October 2017

Shameelah Khan


Did the rose

Ever open its heart

And give to this world all of its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against its being,

Otherwise we all remain too


Hafiz (Persia, Iran)

In this issue of Odd, we have decided to go with the topic: Secrets. This is not easy. I guess I will start there. A secret is the start to a story that does more than fiction or fact- it stretches it. I mean this as a stretching of the artistic soul. It is like the Freudian-self penning an existence to a page. On one level, you are digging in to the parts of you that may not always be beautiful and on another, you are finding what it is you wanted to in the silence. The art is simple: it is about you and then somehow through your senses, there rests a hero that journeys up a hill of fear and then your secret is there- resting under the shade of a lemon tree waiting to meet you.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the artists who shared with us their stories around secrets in this issue. Secondly, I thank the Odd team for always contributing immensely to Odd’s ongoing success. Finally, I want to encourage all of you reading this to take your secrets into your hands and nurture them. Allow them to bleed and heal and then exist as the stories they potentially may be someday. If they are not going to exist as art- then at least- allow them to speak to you.

Until the next issue

Be kind to yourself

The Odd Team

In this issue:


If Orpheus were a Buddhist – Nicholas Bruce


Photo Series:

Vertebral Atlas – Sarah Ojembarrena

Enigmas In Light And Shade – Amy Loureth Worster


Interview with Phillippa Yaa de Villiers – Crystal Wilton


Paradox – H Mitchell

The Female Touch – Anonymous

One by one – Riyaaz Margrose

I waited for your message – Lucinda de Leeuw

Telephonic Conversations That I Will Never Have With My Mother – Sumeya Gasa


Short Stories:

The Act – Lucinda de Leeuw

Last Chance to Begin Again – Maleeha Bismilla

In the hollow – Feeya Asmal


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