Summertime in the Pacific Northwest is such a relief. Finally, the sun. While the call of the outdoors is strong, we hope the poems in our Summer 2015 issue will help you pause for a moment at your door.
The poems included in this issue grapple with the big themes of loss and renewal found in many poetic works while also challenging our ideas of self – alone and in our families. The pieces range from reimagined Bible stories, such as Cindy St. Onge’s stirring “Lot’s Wife” to reimagined identities in pieces like Darla Mottram’s “It’s OK To Be a Waterfall.” From ways of dealing with loss, in Marilyn Johnston’s “Upon Finding the House Where Cousin Viola Lived During the Holocaust” and “The Stars in Your Voice,” by Cindy Hines, to how to cultivate joy or forgiveness, in Stephanie Glazier’s “One Gd At A Time,” Emily Ransdell’s “My Water Children” and Stella Jeng Guillory’s “Chief Joseph’s Flute.”
We also have an erasure poem (a new form for VoiceCatcher) by Juleen Johnson, prompted by the late Philip Levine’s poem “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968,” as well as a poem seemingly inspired by the season by Nancy Flynn, “How I Wasted My Life.”
We hope you will consider these new ideas and varied voices as you hurry to your bike. Even when they tackle the inevitable moments of darkness present in a life, they somehow manage to breathe light into those spaces. A welcomed poetic sun arriving just in time.
Jennifer Dorner, Pattie Palmer-Baker,
Claudia F. Savage and Cindy Stewart-Rinier