Introduction to Our Contributors’ Poetry
The poet Rita Dove describes poetry as “language at its most distilled and most powerful.” We’d like to believe that poetry is also life at its most distilled and most powerful.
For each issue of our journal, we look for poems which show strength, not just in their poetic qualities – strong use of meter, clever allusions, metaphors and use of alliteration – but also in their strength of character and story. We rejoice over the stories we don’t hear often, and the stories that are heard often but are suddenly told from a very different perspective.
The poems in this issue are life distilled and powerful as they take us on journeys to local and distant places, landscapes familiar and foreign. They are life shared with brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and mothers. They are life lived when love has hurt us and when love has healed us. They are parts of life we are told not to talk about and parts of life that we can only write about. Familiars such as the Chinese dragon, the elephant and the hawk moth seamlessly weave themselves into this collection along side old churches, cars and the occasional tree. In these poems, life is shared in many shapes and forms.
It was an honor and privilege to be entrusted with so many amazing poems.We hope they touch your life as they have touched ours.