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Dear Readers,

Thank you for stopping by the poetry section of Moondance. In this edition you will find an eclectic mix of poetry from not only around the world, but from different age groups as well. For you and for some of our staff who find poetry daunting and a bit beyond your ken, I've included a link to an excerpt from Edward Hirsch's "How to Read a Poem". His advice is better than anything I could give you. I think he does a good job of demystifying poetry. You will find the piece at: http://www.poets.org/LIT/poet/ehirfst2.htm.

I particularly enjoyed reading our first selection aloud: "Winter Wrens," by B. S. Allen. The rhythm of her words and the softness of their tones never fail to strike a cord deep within me. The next selection, "Faith," by Dr. Ahila Sambamoorthy, another musical piece, will transport you to India with the mystical sights and sounds her words evoke.

"Clemency," by C. Tilley-Williams gives you a glimpse inside a woman's heart so intimate that you will feel as if you had opened a door marked "private." Each time I read Constance Mears' "The Quickening," I find another subtle image, and I invite you to do the same. This is a strong piece that begs rereading. Ginger Murchison deftly examines the raging emotions of conflict in her poem, "Exposure".

Elysha Rae Schneider is our youngest poet in this edition, and I predict that we will be hearing more from this young woman. The honesty in "Painted" is refreshing. After reading "Mastering the Loom," by Debrah Kayla Sterling, I felt it was meant to follow "Painted". It is almost as if Debrah were mentoring the young Elysha.

To round out our offering, Deborah Naftzger takes you on a whimsical journey to the days of King Arthur with her poem "My Own Chimera".

I hope you enjoy the selections in this edition as much as I have enjoyed bringing them to you.

Susan Ellis
Poetry Editor

   
 
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