Summer 2013: Young Voices
Poetry by Isabella Waldron
I have been walking on a beach, Pleasantly lost somewhere on the coast. As warm sand weaves itself between my toes, And the sun stretches lazily across my back. I have found myself hypnotized by the lure of the bright blue waves, Calling to me before turning to liquid crystal as they pool around my feet. I have wandered for miles on sand Before the soft grain sinks beneath my feet, Trying to be light as the stray seagull feather that falls. I have been where the din of people shouting and seagulls crying and the ocean’s call calms me. I have found a seashell, Flecked with sand, like the black freckles on my cat’s nose. And considered bringing it home In a paint-flaked, salt scented, red bucket, Before returning that shell carefully to its bed of sand. I have seen the ocean grow angry and toss in its sleep, Growing dark and cold and unknown to any. I have seen the ocean tease, As it comes feet away from the edge of the shore And then pulls away, Giddy with its deceit. I have gone dancing with the ocean’s foam. The foam that clings tenderly to the shore. I have seen the ocean relax at last, Opening its languid arms, Inviting all beach wanderers To run into the tepid water. They run with a fervor. For they too have been walking on a beach, And found the ocean alive.
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 Maindens (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