Winter 2015: Young Voices
As the new editor of the Young Voices section, I was unsure of what to expect. What a delightful surprise to find dedicated young women across our region who are able to confront some of the more terrifying aspects of human experience with clear eyes and articulate voices.
For our sixth edition we present five fresh, bright perspectives about the difficulty of facing grief and isolation.
In “Visions From a Playground,” the author helps us see the same setting from several lenses while offering a transcendent perspective.
The sensory detail and the author’s deft handling of time and perspective in “Chasing Thunder” evoke stories from the news media with a voice both naive and intimate.
The author of “Elegy for Christy,” the youngest writer to have her work published by VoiceCatcher, speaks directly to a close friend, asking some pointed questions whose answers must come from the heart of the reader.
The author of “Social Media” gives a detailed description of the pressures experienced by 21st century students and the paradoxically isolating aspects of social media.
Finally, in “A Hundred Acre Wood," the author paints a rich spectrum of detail in a holiday family scene that delicately outlines the negative space and evokes an appreciation for all that strong family relationships can provide.
In this time of year, when the days grow short, we are happy to publish these young writers – brave lights facing the darkness.
Young Voices Editor
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