Blue Heron Review is proud to announce the online publication of our latest issue: BHR 9 Winter 2018! We have a beautiful collection of poems and visual art for you to enjoy. Although we are still deeply nestled in the winter months, you may spot a few glimmers of spring energy shining through in this issue.
(Cover art by David Seth Smith)
Thank you to all of our contributors for making this issue another spectacular union of words and images! Visit the Blue Heron Review Issue 9 Winter 2018 page of our site to read the full issue, and to learn more about our authors and artists.
Richard Greene * Neil David Mitchell * Jessica Moser * Jonel Abellanosa * Erina Booker * Rosalie Sanara Petrouske * Nikolai Sebastian * Jan Bosman * Jenni Gribble * Robert Lee Brewer * Darren C Demaree * Katy Phillips * Alice Mills * Keith MacNider * Prerna Bakshi * Jeannie E Roberts * Nick Hale * Timothy Pettet * Neil Creighton * Steve Bucher * Ethel Mortenson Davis * Karen Warinsky * Faye Adams * Maryann Hurtt * Mary Jo Balistreri * Mary C Rowin * Kristina Mullenix * Victoria Lindsay * Erika Goodrich * Anne Anthony * Eileen Mattmann * Mark Danowsky * Diana Randolph * Nancy Jean Larson * Kai Coggin * Colleen June Glatzel * Paula Schulz * Jacqueline Martindale
David Seth Smith (Cover Artist) * Kurt John Huebner * Jeannie E Roberts * Karen A VandenBos (Featured Photographer) * Devi S Laskar * Bobbie Lee Lovell * Kai Coggin * Anna May Shaffer
I hope that you will return to these pages again and again, when you need some respite and food for thought. May these poems nourish your spirit and provide inspiration for your day.
Cristina M. R. Norcross
Blue Heron Review
Welcome to the February edition of Blue Heron Speaks. It is an honor and a true pleasure to showcase the work of author Yvonne Stephens (The Salt Before It Shakes, Hidden Timber Books, 2017). With grace and skill, Stephens draws the reader in by approaching difficult topics with tenderness, but also a raw vulnerability. There is great sensitivity in all of her poems, as she deals with life themes such as loss, parenthood, family, and change in her new collection. Stephens reaches out and brings the natural world to us in magical ways, whether it is gathering and wearing rays of light, “Lined them up / around the base of my neck / and wore the sun,” or bearing witness to the sacredness of both the life of a tomato and the life of a hornworm. Intricate details are held with great care, like examining a needle and a thread. The world slows down in these poems, and the reader slows down with them, in awe and appreciation.
Visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author Page of our site, to read 3 sample poems by Yvonne Stephens from her new book, The Salt Before It Shakes, and to learn how you can order your own copy of this thoughtful, engaging collection!
Yvonne Stephens lives with her husband and two children in Northwest Lower Michigan. She has worked as an assistant in the fields of mycology, forestry, and neurology research, volunteered for two years in the AmeriCorps, and most recently was an Artist Residency Coordinator for the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology. An award-winning poet, Yvonne was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015, and her poems have appeared in the Dunes Review, the LAND Creative Writing Journal, and Family Stories from the Attic. She is the author of The Salt Before It Shakes (Hidden Timber Books, 2017). Find out more about this author: http://www.poetwith40eyes.com/