Guest Poet Aashika Suresh
Autumn marks the close of the "relaxed" summer season and, for most people, a return to routine, shorter days, cooler temperatures. Bittersweet, say some. Ambivalent, say others. Sad. Relieved. Enriched. Always, endings evoke a spectrum of emotions, filling the poet’s and philosopher’s well with rich pigments from which to write. Perhaps poetry is like a leaf that changes color as it falls to the page.
Nature, with each metamorphosis, determines beauty and its peculiarities. So too, human nature determines whether poems variegate or fade, sizzle or drown, inspire or bore. Certainly, when a poem succeeds like fiery autumn, it begs to be seen again. The poems in this issue evoke a colorful gamut of emotions and more.
About the Poet: Aashika Suresh is a sunlight seeker, coffee addict, and poetry aficionado from the coastal city of Chennai, India. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Bones Journal, Wax Art and Poetry, WiFi for Breakfast (Anthology), Chestnut Review, and Royal Rose, among others. When not writing, you can find her petting puppies, chasing after butterflies, or stuffing her face with chips.
Poet’s Notes: This poem is part of a collection I’m finishing that explores my relationship with perfume as wearable art and identity expression. Scent, for me, has become a way to navigate back to emotional balance via sensory beauty - there have been days in the last few years when that beauty was the only light I could find. I also really love art in conversation with other forms of art, and many perfumers have poets' souls. The inspiration scent is a dry, autumnal rose. At this time of life, I may or may not feel like the rosebush.
Poet’s Notes: As much as I love the fall, it also brings regret that another year has passed. The beauty fools us; winter is always close behind.
About the Poet: Susan Coultrap-McQuin was a former faculty member and administrator who has returned in retirement to her first love--writing poetry. She lives in Minnesota where colorful falls quickly disappear into winter. She enjoys gardening, boating, and spending time with her family exploring nature and the world. She has recently completed a chapbook of travel poems.
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