Winter 2014: Poetry
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.
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.
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.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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