As we begin venturing back out into a world that feels different after fifteen months of isolation, we hope these poems will give you a fresh look at our world.
When we first read this year’s poetry submissions to VoiceCatcher, we were surprised at the near-absence of poems referring to the pandemic, which had kept us all close to home these past long months. Instead, the poets represented here take us on several wide-ranging journeys launched from sites as disparate as Powell’s Books, a Dutch art museum, a wetland, and a backyard.
Imagination roamed freely as their voices traversed the vocabulary and concepts of anatomy, chemistry, electricity, and cognitive science—topics not usually considered poetic. Some poems here evoke the sound of music and the taste of lemon drops, while others reflect on nature, family, relationships, and much more.
In short, while in isolation, these poets have been closely observing and deeply considering our changing world, and taking chances. We hope you will discover many delights and surprises to savor as you read through this current crop of poems.
Linda Knowlton Appel