The Summer 2013 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions takes the reader on one wild ride after another – from the musical genius of a canary to the lives of sperm; from an elderly dad in a nursing home to another father drinking whiskey while driving 120 miles per hour. Once again, we were dazzled by the creative expressions and diversity of topics shown through our contributors’ prose, poetry, art and young voices. Brava!
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.
Every time I visit, there’s less to see.
The rats and ravens have been busy,
This graduation day my son wears no cap and gown.
He wears prison issue blues
and his felony in life
brings an apostrophe of family together.
When pelicans fly low on white caps
and the artist pauses in her sketchbook,
When gulls off the peninsula argue
with the bald eagle, “Our nest, our nest,”
I sing Gaté, Gaté, para sum Gaté.