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Winter 2014: Poetry

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Often, themes emerge in an issue without being solicited by the editors. That’s true of this issue. Grief proves itself a compelling force, making us look more closely at our lives and what we value, persuading us to look ahead in order to live as we want to. Grief can be a result of missed opportunities or the loss of a loved one. In Diane Averill’s “How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend,” for example, the speaker urges readers to “Have high tea inside a hyacinth flower.” Grief connects to a range of emotions, from sorrow to love to hope. In that sense, it has transformative powers. In “After the Ice Storm,” the threat of the natural world and sinking ships give way to images of change and power in the form of music: “… rondeau for earth / and sky, rhapsody for a new day, requiem for the forest.”

We hope that readers enjoy and appreciate these poems as much as we did, and find in them some facet of their own story and their own possibilities of transformation.

Darlene Pagán
Poetry Co-editor

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Multi-faceted, poignant and inspiring. We’ve caught thirteen never-before-published poems by twelve master-class voices.


Five women share their talent and themselves in new, surprising and heartfelt ways.


Established craftswomen and aspiring visionaries add colorful richness to our most recent issue.

Young Voices

The lyrical language of five young poets will delight you.


Meet the authors and artists who make the Winter 2014 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz