Winter 2016: Young Voices
Autumn strolls along the sidewalk.
Everything around him is cold
except for his hands, which trace green leaves as he walks by,
making them bleed the color of sunsets.
Together, they carelessly laugh in the wind.
His other hand is gripping books;
leather, old and torn, dug up from some musty attic.
Someone forgot about them, but Autumn never does. He comes back every year.
The door slowly opens. Autumn is carried in on a gust of wind.
The scent of rain wafts in and, for a few seconds, you are home.
When his amber eyes look at you, you can taste the cider
surely being pressed in the backyard.
You can tell he is here by the wave of calm that washes over you,
when you notice the year has meandered past like the streams he bathes in.
He scoffs at Summer; her reign is coming to an end. She never learns from her mistakes.
Every year is the same. The light fades but Autumn’s smile never does.
While pouring you a cup of coffee, he recounts his last nine months,
full of laughter and dancing and flying high above the sun-burnt souls.
His beauty never stops giving,
but in his dark, cold nights you find that
your lips are chapped and your coughs keep you from sleeping.
In just a few months, he’ll pack his books and plaid scarves,
never taking the leaves out of his messy hair.
He comes too late. He stays a little too long.
But you always miss him when he’s away.
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