Winter 2015: Poetry
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
Through the magic of language, 20 poets challenge us to write and live bravely.
Five risk-taking voices burn with the fire of transformation.
Four artists share their diverse sensibilities as confident mark-makers.
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.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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