With the events of the past year deep in our minds, the VoiceCatcher prose editors entered this season with hope, and perhaps a little fear, about what stories we would see—because many of us struggled. We felt too much, we felt too little. But those who feel have power. The power to write, create, and process their world. We’re proud to have seen this spring’s submissions for VoiceCatcher pushed forward from writers who weren’t afraid to dive in.
For this issue, VoiceCatcher has selected two prose pieces that explore the uncertainty of external relationships in environmental and personal situations. In the first piece, “Dry Rain,” the narrator overlays ideas of the past with her present. Illustrated in rough edges and mundane cares, the narrator makes each past action and memory work toward an understanding of the current world.
In the second piece, “What She Gave Me,” the speaker analyzes family relationships, from what happens when they’re lost to the depth of meaning contained in trinkets and toys, like a small, unassuming marble. This story keeps readers engaged in how the ebb and flow—or even complete disconnect—of relationships linger with us well past a single moment.
We invite you to read these pieces for what they are: emotions in pursuit of understanding. Within them, the speakers may not have found exactly what they were looking for, but they were strong enough to feel and give voice to it.
Thank you for sharing that voice with us.