Winter 2014: Poetry
The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.
If you let me, I’ll teach you to see. Hold my inelegant lens to your own fluid eye and the world becomes clear. Don’t ask me why its reduction lets you breathe. Is it all too much? The scope, the endless directions you could look, close-up or wide angle, panorama? No wonder you need my small window, dials, settings, focusing rings, a once-lively moment captured and stilled. Maybe you need the shattering brightness condensed to a slivered dance of light. A sliver is all I can give. I envy your involuntary blink, The way your pupils accept without strategy or manipulation the illumined shimmer on grass blades, window panes, glancing the water’s surface like a million gold pennies. I envy the ease of images entering, folding themselves into secrets you keep for later. I am not a shield. Never meant to close you off, keep you separate. If I could trade my thick curved glass for the breathing pulse of eyes then I’d hold mine open, welcome the pang of light and color, watch the fractured world made whole.
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