IthacaLit is celebrating its 25th issue by featuring 'the busiest man in literature,' Kwame Dawes, who very generously sent us new poems and an essay that will encourage us to think about what we speak into being in this time of opinion as truth. He says, "the currency of a certain truth is defined by the resources that one person has to assert and exercise his or her truth in ways that another person does not have."
We are readers and, therefore, listeners and keen observers, who behold poetic & artistic truths as a creative means to describe and define the world in which we live. In this era, when as Dawes said, "truth is not just relative, but in fact is controlled and owned by various people," we've become wary, perhaps exhausted, by what is spoken or written in an offhand manner, yet which, in this time of a pervasive media presence, suddenly holds itself out as fact.
As you read this issue, be aware of the importance of "the world just outside of the subject" and keep in mind IthacaLit is here to shed light on the connections among all people, not the privileged few. Dawes highlights the perfect daily Aum for us from a poem by Chris Abani: "Words sung right can save us."
Michele Lesko, Editor
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IthacaLit ISSN: 2372-4404
In This Issue
We welcome twelve emerging & established poets who are the foundation of each new issue. In this issue the poets Akpa Arinzechukwu, Caitlin Barrett, Ruth Bavetta, Natalie Crick, Gary Duehr, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Dana Lotito, Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Sam Robertson, Barry Seiler, Trey Spencer, and Bruce Wise share their new work.
The Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize is now open to submissions. The winner is announced in the winter issue along with two Honorable Mentions. We publish notable poems from the contest submissions in the spring issue. Please direct contest submission inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org