The contributors to this issue of VoiceCatcher could not have imagined how eloquently their works would speak to us in this particularly strange and strained moment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our concepts of time, environments, and relationships have altered dramatically, and like these poets, we look inward to interrogate those concepts and what they mean to us. Reading these poems, we find ourselves doing that work on cool Pacific beaches, in warm Mexican border towns, and in rainy NW locales, remembering the places we’ve been and what we did there. There are difficult memories and fears here—coming to terms with past abuse, mourning the loss of a wayward friend, realizing the coming end of a relationship. But there is humor and joy here too—poking fun at Mary Oliver’s omniscient herons, laughing at a child’s antics, mindfully savoring the delight of everyday things. The balance of life itself.
Our many thanks to our contributing poets for sharing their works with us. We hope you enjoy reading these poems as much as we have.
Be well, be safe, and be there for each other.
VoiceCatcher Poetry Editors