In the guise of a beggar, Odysseus returned to Ithaca.
The juice, the berry, the seed. We relish every bit when summer is upon us here in the northeast. Folk come out, smile, just about burst with color as if from pods. The juice runs through each of us. The creative force of creation itself, whether it be seeds planted & grown, lingering under a cold waterfall in one of Ithaca's gorges, or the impulse, as Ezra Pound put it so simply, to "make it new." Create what expresses you in the deepest sense of you.
Summer is the time, and we're alive like the strawberries on IthacaLit's pages. There are myriad ways to enjoy this fresh energy. Take a bite and eat slowly, or swallow it whole, letting the juices run down your chin. This is the season to devour everything fresh off the stem or vine.
Take your time with our new issue or gobble it up all at once. Either way, take it in, give yourself over to the creative impulse. Live in this moment. This summer we have everything we need at our fingertips, picnics with poetry on your phone or Ipad, art in tents under the sun, music beneath the stars, food to delight your senses, all ripe & ready to be consumed.
Keep us close, just as we do you dear readers, and enjoy!
We are proud to welcome our Featured Poet, Lauren K. Alleyne, whose distinctive voice speaks with genuine experience, with the quiet voice of having lived a little. There is joy, pain & a true concern for who we are evident in her poetry. In "The Face of It: A Meditation on an HIV/AIDS Poster on the A-train," we are drawn into the empathic frame that defines how easily every experience could be me or you.
In its terrible mirror you, too, wear my fragile armor: in it your face
is mine – black, woman, well-versed in the world’s many betrayals..
We are thrilled to promote the art of our Featured Artist, Joy Adams. who, as a G.I. bride, immigrated to the United States from England on Valentines Day, 1963 and became an American citizen in 1976. Ms. Adams' Mad Sally series struck us with its detailed, masterful depiction of the natural world juxtaposed with a view into the darker or, more precisely, perhaps, the questioning, side of the female psyche.
Madeleine Beckman continues to astound us by sharing her engaging conversations with established poets such as Cornelius Eady, whose talk with Madeleine is one in a two part series. Look for part two in the fall issue.
We also welcome all new established & emerging poets to this incredibly rich issue of IthacaLit. We hope you enjoy your time with Sam Alper, Peggy Aylsworth, Carly Berg, Carol Berg, John Franzen, Joseph Harms, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Sy Roth, Sidney Thompson and Kobina Wright.