Winter 2014: Young Voices
For our fourth edition, we focused on Lincoln High School. I had help from several teachers as well as the principal in soliciting poetry and prose from students. It was, as always, difficult to select just five. Almost all the submissions I received were from poets. I selected five poems from four wonderful poets and there were multiple emails back and forth as we strove to make these poems as strong and detailed as they could be. These fine young women were both open to the necessary process of revision and willing to stand up for words and lines that were important to them. For some of them it will be their first publication. I don’t believe it will be the last for any of them.
These young women explore a variety of interesting topics, all with great attention to detail. We have three very different poems that involve rivers. In “Ephemeral,” fabulous imagery, as well as a mermaid, make for a very surprising scene by the grey Mississippi. In the marvelously simple language of “The Bridge,” we get a strong picture of a looming giant. In “The River,” the poet explores her incredible connection through personification. “Compost” delivers a clear and sweet picture of a girl digging in the dirt with her father. Finally, in “Chinese Mangoes,” four girls wake up on a humid night in Beijing and quench their thirst with mangoes. The imagery in this poem is so powerful that readers can practically taste the juicy fruit while reading.
Young Voices Editor
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