We weren’t looking for poems of a common theme nor did we find ourselves drawn to poems speaking in similar voices or modes. [We did, however, find ourselves craving desserts a la mode.] Yet all the poems we’ve selected for this issue are united by their shared ability to make something old or familiar appear to be enticingly strange. Each of these poems invites an alien approach—allows us to examine a notion or experience we might have everyday as if we’ve never encountered it before. Together these poems create the impression of a landscape that seems to be a place we know we have never been to before but feel as if we remember.