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Winter 2015: Poetry

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Writing is nothing if not an act of bravery. We’re certainly not the first poets to acknowledge that. But in reading the collection of fine poems submitted to the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, we co-editors were especially struck by the vulnerability and bravery in the submissions we received.

In her writing handbook, Glitter in the Blood: A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing, Mindy Nettiffee encourages writers to “madly engage in the process of living.” We believe this journal’s 23 pieces do just that.

Whether this bravery means facing unexpected feelings as in Allegra Heidelinde’s “Love poem to an acquaintance ” or pondering the implications for humanity in an age of melting ice caps as in Jennifer Kemnitz’s “Under the Sign of the water bearer,” the speakers dig deep into the roots of their longings, hopes and fears. Within these pieces, obstacles arise from under dining room tables in long-quiet houses as in Margie Lee’s “Silence” and resolution is sometimes found in the peace of everyday life as with Annie Lightheart’s “In the Modern World.” At whatever point our speakers find themselves in the process of brave living, they are guided by the hands of gifted poets pouring soul’s breath onto the page.

In this journal, we hope you find the inspiration that we did, the magical pull of language that calls us to face the darkness and to read, write and live bravely.

Burky Achilles, Pattie Palmer-Baker,
Tiah Lindner Raphael and Cindy Stewart-Rinier
Poetry Co-Editors

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Four artists share their diverse sensibilities as confident mark-makers.

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With clear eyes and articulate voices, five young women confront terrifying aspects of human experience.


Meet the authors and artists – from first-timers to well-established – who grace our sixth issue with their voices and visions.

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        A Great Wild Goodness
 by Annie Lighthart

        Going South by Christine Gray

        a welcome week by Hannah Sams

        Ophelia, at Fifty, in a Blue Blow-up Canoe by Deborah Dombrowski

        A Passing Music by Barbara LaMorticella

        Girl Fishing with Grandpa by Helen Kerner

        Perimeter by Amy Schutzer

        Two Poets in the Weight Room by Tricia Knoll

        Skeletons by Christa Kaainoa

        A Poem for Dany by Suzy Harris

        Lineage by Amy Schutzer

        The Bucket by M.K. Moen

        Bernier River by Christine Dupres

        Silence by Margie Lee

        Advice by Donna Prinzmetal

        Sometimes at Night by Jennifer Pratt-Walter

        Fissure by Elizabeth Moscoso

        Whale by Cathy Cain

        In the Modern World by Annie Lightheart

        Love poem to an acquaintance by Allegra Heidelinde

        Dialogue between Magician and Tattooist by Christine Gray

        Under the sign of the water bearer by Jennifer Kemnitz

        city spacious heart by Pearl Waldorf


        Bless Our Great Nation, Zambia! Zambia! by Gypsy Martin

        Liminal by Stephanie Golisch

        The Tomorrow Fire by Kelly Coughlin

        Ablaze by Heather Durham

        Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart by Jackie Shannon-Hollis


        Sibling 1 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 2 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 3 by Michelle Latham

        Totem by Kelly Neidig

        Stratum by Kelly Neidig

        Swift by Kelly Neidig

        Breaking Free by Erin Leichty

        Capture Threads by Erin Leichty

        Hardware by Erin Leichty


        Visions on the Playground by Meghana Mysore

        Chasing Thunder by Berkeley Franklin

        Elegy for Christy by Lily Boyd

        Social Media by Maya Coseo

        A Hundred Acre Wood by Audra McNamee