Summer 2013: Prose
At VoiceCatcher, we don’t set “themes” for our journal, instead preferring to discover them among the wealth of submissions we receive. Themes tends to emerge on their own and feel like a gift wrapped in a Tiffany blue box when they do. Early on in the reading process, the theme that emerged among the prose entries seemed to be “roles” – women’s roles as daughter, mother, wife. But as I neared the end of the reading process, the theme shifted to “transformations” – illness, divorce, death, rebirth.
At first, I felt some sort of weird tension, like I had to decide between the two. Now it seems perfectly reasonable that they exist in this issue side-by-side. For we do not stay static in one role. We start as daughters and become mothers – where hope and pain are poignantly portrayed in “Your Hand at Your Throat.” Then we are lured back into our role of daughters as seen in “Black Sharpie.” “Something Permanent” and “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” show us the trajectory of going from single to married life and then finding ourselves alone again. We are healthy and then not healthy, and – hopefully – become healthy again in “Diagnosis.” We yearn for a kind of rebirth that is ached for in “After the World Ends” and gloriously achieved in “Breathing Underwater.” These are all corporeal stories, stories of the body. Our bodies. Ourselves.
It was an honor and a joy to work with each of the prose authors featured in this issue. Reading their work taught me a little bit more about what it means to be human. I can’t think of any higher aim for literature.
Guest Prose Editor
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