Contemporary art misunderstands its quest for novelty. The new is inherently relational, and as such, requires a point of contrast in order to assert its claims to innovation and difference. In Volume 1, Issue 2 (Spring 2011) Literary Laundry continues in an exploration of contemporary literature that holds discourse with great intellectual traditions while still engaging the complexities of our world today. The poetry, short-stories, and one-act dramas that it features aspire to both daring and difficulty as they evoke the intellectual wonder that the journal’s editors regard as the foundation of artistic poignancy. Literary Laundry is a contemporary journal edited by devoted writers and ardent critics. We have established Literary Laundry in order to promote the literature that we crave: masterful writing that holds discourse with great literary and intellectual traditions while still engaging the complexities of our world today.