Rhubarb? The Editor's Page

Rhubarb is a fresh new quarterly magazine featuring art, analysis, commentary, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, humour and reviews by writers and artists of Mennonite heritage, descent, or interest for a general reading public.

Inside, readers will find a magazine brimming with writing, art, ideas, images, views, reviews, commentary, documentary, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and humour by writers and artists of Mennonite heritage published for the enjoyment of the reading public.

Themes are often used to organize the non-fiction and commentary, and to engage the reader. Peace was the theme of our first issue; Immigration, the featured subject of the second; and Romance the focus of the summer magazine.


Not everyone likes the taste of rhubarb, but put it in a pastry or a crumble with enough sugar and most everyone can enjoy it. Not everyone likes the idea of 'a rhubarb', whether taken to mean a bronx cheer (a raspberry), or argument. But give it enough air and the dissonance can resolve.

Rhubarb is an irrepressible, prolific, hardy, perenial. Full of fibre and vitamins, it cleans the blood, and has leaves that can be used (when boiled) to kill ants or to wear as hats. Really a vegetable, it was often a fruit substitute for new immigrants to the prairies. But the Queen and her English subjects liked it too. Extras are often told to repeat the word rhubarb to create a hubbub on a movie set.

And sometimes rhubarb is just rhubarb, the name of this magazine.