Introduction to Our Contributors’ Poetry
After we poetry editors selected 19 poems for this fifth edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, we searched for a unifying theme. We were like guests invited to a dinner party who expected foods that were clearly American or Greek or Thai or Mexican. We found, instead, that each poem slid across our tongues leaving us with a diversity of tastes from the sweet to the evocative to the haunting.
What could be sweeter than “I am older/now/ some forbearance/for the/ Fall” from Melanie Green’s “Out Of Eden,” or “… the way rain finds its way/ to roots” from Cindy Stewart-Rinier’s “Under the Tongue.”
What could be more evocative than “We couldn’t tell/ the difference between tears and the ocean” from Linda Strever in “What Cape Alava Was Like Then,” or “It is time for winter swell/ to pull back and crest/ into one perfect/ wave of understanding/ between us” from Burky Achilles in “ʻAʻā.”
And what could more haunting than “The pot is black where flames have bruised it “from Margaret Chula’s “Still Life,” or “… how this woman holds silence/ in her upturned palms” from Penelope Scambly Schott’s “Mother of the Drowned Child.”
You will find that these – and every poem in this issue – will satisfy your appetite for writing that brings our very human lives to the table. So read, dear reader. Dinner is served.
Emily Pittman Newberry, Pattie Palmer-Baker and Wendy Thompson
Guest Poetry Co-Editors