Editor-in-Chief: Steven Wittenberg Gordon. Art Editor: Jason Artemus Gordon. Associate Editor: James Frederick William Rowe. Assistant Editor: Terri Lynn Cummings. Featuring the poetry of: Ross Balcom, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Gene Hodge, John C. Mannone, Karla Linn Merrifield, Vivian Finley Nida, Howard Stein, Charles A. Swanson, Alessio Zanelli, & other fine poets.
Poet's Notes: I was born and raised in the Midwest and never saw the ocean until I was out of high school. I still stand in awe and wonder whenever I’ve stopped to hear the surf pounding. Something—the rhythm of the waves, the relentless crashing roar, the far-off horizon—transports my thoughts to that high place where the best poems come from, those rare moments of insightful transcendence where a man can glimpse his own small and mysterious place amidst the greatness and grandeur of creation.
For many years I taught writing workshops at Coos Bay, Oregon, and I fell in love with Oregon’s rocky, time-sculpted coastline. Between classes, I’d climb trails along the dunes and up into the high bluffs overlooking the vast grey-blue. One day I caught a pebble inside my shoe. Or did the pebble catch me? There’s a lesson in every small thing.
In “The Summer Day” http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/133.html, Mary Oliver says, “I don’t know, exactly, what a prayer is. / I do know how to pay attention . . . .” My poem “listening” is a sort of prayer on my 60th birthday, but moreover, it’s a poem that pays attention to the little things, small voices which are often the echoes of larger implications. Editor's Note: "listening" first appeared in Driving the Back Road Home.