VoiceCatcher Journal Header Image

Winter 2014: Young Voices

Chinese Mangoes

In an iris of the night,
waxy white light hums
brokenly over a hard metal sink.

Four girls are awoken by Beijing heat.
With crescent moons purple under their sleepy eyes,
they tiptoe clumsily into a modest kitchen,
stealing four large mangoes
from an ice bucket.

They are unsure how to peel them;
that duty had always been left to their mothers.
But now, isolated in dusk
with the cool fruit tempting them,
they use their fingers.
Blue nail polish chips
as they recklessly peel the mangoes,
unable to wait any longer
to taste the soft, flame-colored flesh.

Finally they lean
over a grandfather’s wide cooking sink,
each holding a juicy, freshly peeled, misshapen,
dripping mango.

In quiet suctions they rip
the flesh from its forgiving pit,
craning their necks like swans
towards fat elbows
to taste the dew trickling down,
too sweet and too crisp to fathom.

Liquid yellow moon outside,
are you watching over them?

One day these girls will venture into the dappled world -
will the mangoes then be as sweet
and crisp
and cool?

Four girls in the humid night
silently succumbing
to the sweetness of the mango
moon hanging in the
blackberry night. 

Previous Button   Next Button

Poetry Thumbnail Art   Prose Thumbnail Art   Artwork Thumbnail Art   Young Voices Thumbnail Art   Contributors Thumbnail Art

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.

Table of Contents Button


        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