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Summer 2016: Poetry

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Summer 2016 is upon us and VoiceCatcher poetry editors are once again proud to highlight the work of women poets from the Portland area. These poems, culled from the impressive submissions we received, demonstrate the powerful female creative force thriving in our region.

Summer 2016 promises to be one of the hottest on record, as our planet grapples with continuing climate change, and also sees our nation heading into a bitter election season that could alter the course of history. Many of the poems you will find in this issue also address change and our ways of coping with it. From watching our parents age as in “Caramel is Made at the Verge of Burning” to growing into our own identities like the speaker of “on my two thousand, seven hundred and fourth sabbath,” the poets included in this collection fearlessly explore the uncertainty and discomfort wrought by change, as well as the opportunities it can present.

Carol Ellis asks in “Approaching Seventy,” How did we become and hold to what we are? This question sums up the overarching theme of the poems in the Summer 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher, and it is also a question to bear in mind as we collectively move toward a future that we must define for ourselves.

Stay cool this summer, and stay hungry for poetry.

Sarah Brenner, Juleen Johnson
and Emily Ransdell
Poetry Co-Editors

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        Isabel's Purse by Deborah Akers

        refuge by Deborah Akers

        Kiteboarder at Road's End by Cathy Cain

        Caramel is Made at the Verge of Burning by Deborah Dombrowski

        Controlled Burn by Linda Drach

        Approaching Seventy by Carol Ellis

        Zygote by Nancy Flynn

        In Collision by Delia Garigan

        My Mother's Hair by Leanne Grabel

        Sheen by Leanne Grabel

        Allegiance by Melanie Green

        on my two thousand, seven hundred and fourth sabbath by Melanie Green

        Sitting Shiva on My Birthday by Andrea Hollander

        Laws of Physics by Andrea Hollander

        I Want to Unfold by Tricia Knoll

        My Stairway by Tricia Knoll

        Fancy by Barbara LaMorticella

        How to Know When You are Dreaming by Jone Rush MacCulloch

        Didn't We Touch Clouds? by Eileen Pettycrew

        Playlist by Suzanne Sigafoos

        No Exit by Charlotte Udziela

        Living Alone by Pat Phillips West

        My Husband's Handwriting by Pat Phillips West


        Let Me Explain by Carisa Miller

        The Itching by Elizabeth Scott

        Ben by Edee Lemonier

        The Passenger by Alex Behr

        Risk Takers by Ashley-Renee Cribbins

        Cooking Lessons by Joanna Rose


        Featured Art by Jeni Lee

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #1 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #4 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #5 by Katherine Mead

        Stasis by Sarah Laird

        Candescence by Sarah Laird

        Candescence (detail) by Sarah Laird

        Homage to Comfort Women Throughout the World by Carolyn Campbell

        The Beguiling Beauty of Life in Distress by Carolyn Campbell

        Reflections of Transitioning by Carolyn Campbell