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Winter 2014: Young Voices

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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.

Donna Prinzmetal
Young Voices 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