“There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Welcome to VoiceCatcher’s Spring 2021 issue. The fact that we are here publishing another issue means we have survived the worst months of a global pandemic that drastically affected our lives. For many artists, its stressors also subdued our ability to create, and one of our greatest challenges during this period of profound disruption and unsettling uncertainty has been maintaining connection to our inner voice. The poetry, prose, and visual art we received during our latest submission period reassured us that women’s voices—though consumed with the recent added challenges of survival—have not been silenced, by either circumstance or fear of its ramifications.
VoiceCatcher is a special container and reverent holder of space for women’s voices expressing our experiences in a world not always open to receiving them. Just as the blank page warmly welcomes our inner turmoil and delight, so VoiceCatcher eagerly invites women’s voices from our particular corner of the world and offers them to a global audience. Voice both empowers those sharing it and enriches those hearing it, as it both emerges from and nourishes our souls. And from that nourishment can arise inspiration.
May the offerings in this issue enrich and nourish your soul, and maybe even inspire you to share your own unique and holy voice.
“To me, art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul.”—Susan Vreeland
Erin R Lund
VoiceCatcher Managing Editors