Winter 2014: Young Voices
Poetry by Jillian Briglia
The weather vane spins the mermaid, the feather, and the star, merry-go-round like a spider web with dew, like raindrop beads on a necklace. The gray Mississippi river runs along muddy banks. The nightingale lives in a gold-rimmed wine glass, a stem as delicate as her daughter’s bones. A flaking crescent moon dips into a pot of boiling navy blue, and the nightingale decides to nibble on the corners. The crumbs fill her stomach, the buttered powdery pastry slowly turns to cotton, but instead of iced tea and summer, she is full of fog. She stops breathing and her daughter does, too. The moon waters the moor below, brown tears like tea, tries to sing itself to sleep. The mermaid winks, dives off her weather vane, and swims into the gray Mississippi.
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