preface

Many writers reflect on their childhood as a source of inspiration. They remember when they lost their first tooth, saw their first episode of Sesame Street, and had their first kiss. However, not all childhood memories are so innocent. Many people have painful experiences in their youth, such as a death of a loved one or being victimized by abuse. Although not all children have the same experiences, commonalities still exist. One writer's memories tend to spark memories of our own. This issue of Intertext entitled Backtracks, has sought to recapture, and at times, recreate those precious, youthful experiences. Everyone can relate, because all of us were children once. We hope to rekindle a sense of appreciation for the childhood experiences we've all had that have helped shape us.