Dear Writers and Readers,
It’s been pretty gray and slushy in our part of the world. Monochromatic. Lots of old snow and black ice—typical January. Not to worry though, we’re bringing you a collection of poems this month that’s arriving just in time.
While we don’t have theme issues, we’d like to dedicate this particular issue to the concept of escapism: the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. (Merriam-Webster)
There’s so much change happening this month, and for those of us in the U.S., well we’re having a significant “administrative” change. It’s hard to know how to be and lots of suggestions: mindful, resilient, resistant—the list goes on.
Enter our ten creative poets and one incomparable artist. Farah, Vivian, Maya, Arah, Melody, Emily, Katrin, Moira, Peter, and Rachana—thank you for your wit, vulnerability and imaginative poems. And cover artist Karen Ahn (karenahn.com) sent us artwork saturated in color, magic and talent. This is a slimmer issue but we think you’ll agree there are gems here. Our gratitude to these contributors and to all of our submitters. The future looks to be in good hands.
Enjoy the escape.