Letter from the Editor Poetry A Convention of Ordinary Astrophysicists Attends by Jodie Marion A Father’s Love by Darlene Pagán Before Going to Murder by the Book, We Stop at Zell’s by Carol Frischmann Decomposition by Pat Phillips West Dream by Jodie Marion Fishtail by Margaret Chula From the 7th Floor of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
The final collection of talented writers and artists represented in this issue combine to tell a story of who VoiceCatcher is: a diverse group of women dedicated to their craft and to the support of their greater Portland/Vancouver area peers.
Each poem in our Winter 2013 journal intrigued us with its diverse voice, vision and craft.
A Convention of Ordinary Astrophysicists Attends
to a dying star. They clear their throats, proffer
weak calculations, then admit none knows what to say.
by Darlene Pagán His white footprints through the house from cement mixing like a ghost we’d failed to trap our whole lives. The coffee rings on the homework he was meant to sign. The radios in every room set to the same drones on WCFL, The Voice of Labor. The snap unfold of the