Introduction to Our Contributors’ Poetry
Often, themes emerge in an issue without being solicited by the editors. That’s true of this issue. Grief proves itself a compelling force, making us look more closely at our lives and what we value, persuading us to look ahead in order to live as we want to. Grief can be a result of missed opportunities or the loss of a loved one. In Diane Averill’s “How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend,” for example, the speaker urges readers to “Have high tea inside a hyacinth flower.” Grief connects to a range of emotions, from sorrow to love to hope. In that sense, it has transformative powers. In “After the Ice Storm,” the threat of the natural world and sinking ships give way to images of change and power in the form of music: “… rondeau for earth / and sky, rhapsody for a new day, requiem for the forest.”
We hope that readers enjoy and appreciate these poems as much as we did, and find in them some facet of their own story and their own possibilities of transformation.