Winter 2014: Young Voices
Poetry by Sophia Mautz
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.
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