Winter 2016: Young Voices
“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
It is amazing to have your heart crack open from the intensity of truth. It is a beauty so raw that no matter how hard you try there is no looking away. A variety of truths comes to the surface from the truly interesting Young Voices that have been captured in this issue. Through these five young women, inspiration has transformed into words; words so full of meaning they evoke our senses and allow an immense range of emotions to emerge. Each of our writers has surrendered to their deeper feelings and crafted on the page a story that connects us to their utterly unique kind of truth.
In “Love Beyond Loss,” we follow along as a young girl’s belief in love is shaken by death and eventually, through ritual, restored. With a mastery of imagery, the prose piece “Submerged,” sets us down in another country and wills us to look at someone who on the surface is different than us, yet when we look closer there is something deeper. The poem, “Which Way?” asks us to choose, darkness or light. And begs the question, Why do we choose to be in this world of the light when sometimes it is so hard to bear. “To Autumn” plays with the season’s beguiling ways, all the while reminding us that time passes by. In the poem “The Storm,” we are thrown directly into an uproar of the natural world. We cower under the immense power and with the writer watch its indulgence.
These truths are large, but inspiration doesn’t ask your age, or how long you have been writing, it only asks, Are you willing to dig deep to capture the essence of an idea and lay it on the page for others to absorb? Thankfully, Isabel, Raimy, Alli, Sara, and Elie, all have answered a resounding “Yes!”
My heart has been touched by the Young Voices from Portland’s Grant, Roosevelt, and Oregon Episcopal High Schools. Their deep understanding of life has changed me, and I am deeply grateful.
Young Voices Editor
Celebrating nature, home and the cycles of life – twenty poets light the winter night.
Six stories use magic to explore loss, grief and healing.
With imagery of flora and fauna, four artists animate the winter landscape.
Five young women dig deep to each speak their individual truth .
From emerging to established writers – meet the women behind our eighth issue’s voices and visions.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
Northwest Equinox by Kris Demien
Gradations of Gray by Wendy Thompson
With Gladness by Sara Graves
Home by Leora Marialicia González
For a Grade School Classmate by Joan Maiers
Canning Factory Road by Elizabeth Stoessl
To Make a Prairie by Carolyn Martin
At Home by Suzy Harris
Family Disagreement by Tricia Knoll
The Bullfrogs by Katherine Boyer
Cows by Rebecca Jamieson
Lesson by Stacey Vallas
Stardust by Erin Iwata
Perspective by Carolyn Martin
Lacrosse Season by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
The Tangled Path by Suzanne LaGrande
Matched Set by Tanya Jarvik
False Bus Stop by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
Last Visit by Erin Iwata
October Walk with My Mother by Ann Sinclair
First Rothko Exercise by Elizabeth McLagan
Fractions by Susan Blackaby
Tea by Melineh Yemenidjian
Return by Stacey Vallas
Scarab Man by Cynthia McGean
Planetary Influences by Alida Thacher
Bone of the Past by Burky Achilles
Teachings: A Buddhist Ghost Story by Ann Sihler
Wrangler by Desiree Wright
A Nicaraguan Spring by Pamela Russell Bejerano
Into the Wonder by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Deep Blue Meditation by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Weave Me Into the Sea by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Crassula 2 by Alison Foshee
Crassula 5 by Alison Foshee
Crassula 6 by Alison Foshee
Warm Autumn by Tamar Hammer
Girl with Conch by Tamar Hammer
With Her Dog by Tamar Hammer
Love Beyond Loss by Isabel Lickey
Submerged by Raimy Khalife Hamdan
Which Way? by Alli Rodenbaugh
To Autumn by Sara Barkouli
The Storm by Elie Doubleday