Writing is nothing if not an act of bravery. We’re certainly not the first poets to acknowledge that. But in reading the collection of fine poems submitted to the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, we co-editors were especially struck by the vulnerability and bravery in the submissions we received.
In her writing handbook, Glitter in the Blood: A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing, Mindy Nettiffee encourages writers to “madly engage in the process of living.” We believe this journal’s 23 pieces do just that.
Whether this bravery means facing unexpected feelings as in Allegra Heidelinde’s “Love poem to an acquaintance ” or pondering the implications for humanity in an age of melting ice caps as in Jennifer Kemnitz’s “Under the Sign of the water bearer,” the speakers dig deep into the roots of their longings, hopes and fears. Within these pieces, obstacles arise from under dining room tables in long-quiet houses as in Margie Lee’s “Silence” and resolution is sometimes found in the peace of everyday life as with Annie Lightheart’s “In the Modern World.” At whatever point our speakers find themselves in the process of brave living, they are guided by the hands of gifted poets pouring soul’s breath onto the page.
In this journal, we hope you find the inspiration that we did, the magical pull of language that calls us to face the darkness and to read, write and live bravely.
Burky Achilles, Pattie Palmer-Baker,
Tiah Lindner Raphael and Cindy Stewart-Rinier