Summer 2013: Poetry
The poet Rita Dove describes poetry as “language at its most distilled and most powerful.” We’d like to believe that poetry is also life at its most distilled and most powerful.
For each issue of our journal, we look for poems which show strength, not just in their poetic qualities – strong use of meter, clever allusions, metaphors and use of alliteration – but also in their strength of character and story. We rejoice over the stories we don’t hear often, and the stories that are heard often but are suddenly told from a very different perspective.
The poems in this issue are life distilled and powerful as they take us on journeys to local and distant places, landscapes familiar and foreign. They are life shared with brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and mothers. They are life lived when love has hurt us and when love has healed us. They are parts of life we are told not to talk about and parts of life that we can only write about. Familiars such as the Chinese dragon, the elephant and the hawk moth seamlessly weave themselves into this collection along side old churches, cars and the occasional tree. In these poems, life is shared in many shapes and forms.
It was an honor and privilege to be entrusted with so many amazing poems.We hope they touch your life as they have touched ours.
Rich, strong, poignant, humorous and inspiring. We’ve caught twenty never-before-published poems by sixteen unique voices.
Seven talented women search for themselves in their bodies, their family, themselves.
Established dynamos and aspiring voices add colorful visions to our third issue.
Language leaps off the page in the poetry and prose of five young authors who delight in sensory detail.
Meet the authors and artists who make this Summer 2013 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Abandoned Church by Tanya Jarvik
Commencement by Kelly Running
Depoe Bay by Wendy Thompson
Directive by Cristina White
Hawk Moth by Wendy Thompson
How to Recycle Love Letters by Jennifer Dorner
I Swapped a '74 Mustang for This by Jennifer Fulford
Polaroid of My Mother by Cindy Stewart-Rinier
Lover, Molester, and Maidens (Haibun) by Margaret Chula
Savory by Pat Phillips West
Seascape by Marjorie Power
Suspended by Grace Kuhns
The Hand-Off by Pattie Palmer-Baker
The Ride by Linda Ferguson
The Ticking Shirt by Tricia Knoll
Three Facts about Sperm by Ursula Whitcher
Three True Stories by Penelope Scambly Schott
Today at the Library by Pat Phillips West
Trapped Birds by Grace Kuhns
You, who will be alive and reading after I'm gone by Penelope Scambly Schott
After the World Ends by Kait Heacock
Something Permanent by Ashley-Renée Cribbins
Your Hand at Your Throat by Karen Guth
Black Sharpie by Anne Gudger
Diagnosis by Helen Sinoradzki
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow by Laura Stanfill
Breathing Underwater by Valerie Wagner
Unity by Anne John
Rearguard by Anne John
Speculation by Anne John
Wire by Jocelyn White
Taitian Trio by Nani Chesire
Catch Your Breath by Nani Chesire
We Will Read to You by Rebecca Cleveland-Stout
Strawberry Party by Natalie Lerner
A Young Night by Clara Beaumont
Beach Wanderer by Isabella Waldron
Light and Dark by Colette Au