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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Note from the Poetry Editors

BY JOHN CALVASINA AND LAUREN RUSSELL

“We are older than our images,” Sarah Heady writes in her poem “Amish Family, Lancaster County, PA”–in which an amusement park, as a representation of the Amish, collides with a very different reality.
 
Conflict and confluence do not always entail a battle between strictly opposed forces; sometimes, they involve two possibilities occupying the same space or name or time.  The poems in this issue enact this and other points of collision: culture and culture, language and language, past and present, the constructed and the lived.