“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
It is amazing to have your heart crack open from the intensity of truth. It is a beauty so raw that no matter how hard you try there is no looking away. A variety of truths comes to the surface from the truly interesting Young Voices that have been captured in this issue. Through these five young women, inspiration has transformed into words; words so full of meaning they evoke our senses and allow an immense range of emotions to emerge. Each of our writers has surrendered to their deeper feelings and crafted on the page a story that connects us to their utterly unique kind of truth.
In “Love Beyond Loss,” we follow along as a young girl’s belief in love is shaken by death and eventually, through ritual, restored. With a mastery of imagery, the prose piece “Submerged,” sets us down in another country and wills us to look at someone who on the surface is different than us, yet when we look closer there is something deeper. The poem, “Which Way?” asks us to choose, darkness or light. And begs the question, Why do we choose to be in this world of the light when sometimes it is so hard to bear. “To Autumn” plays with the season’s beguiling ways, all the while reminding us that time passes by. In the poem “The Storm,” we are thrown directly into an uproar of the natural world. We cower under the immense power and with the writer watch its indulgence.
These truths are large, but inspiration doesn’t ask your age, or how long you have been writing, it only asks, Are you willing to dig deep to capture the essence of an idea and lay it on the page for others to absorb? Thankfully, Isabel, Raimy, Alli, Sara, and Elie, all have answered a resounding “Yes!”
My heart has been touched by the Young Voices from Portland’s Grant, Roosevelt, and Oregon Episcopal High Schools. Their deep understanding of life has changed me, and I am deeply grateful.
Young Voices Editor