We are proud to bring you this issue of Minerva Rising, in which our writers explore the homefront from many angles. Ginny Short, poet of the eerily staunch and beautiful “The Hawk and the House,” writes,
The landscape of home is capricious, sometimes bright, sometimes murky. Home is where we started, where we are and where we will be. For me, home is the road I am always traveling. I write to create a hot air balloon to lift me to a place where I can see the landscape of road and home, to follow, discover all of its contours, the heartbreakingly beautiful and the stunningly brutal. It’s all home.
Home is a gut reaction; a longing, an escape. Home is mind made of fog and light, feelings woven of gossamer and shrouds. Home resides in the genes that craft our bodies, shines in the light from our eyes. It is a discovery, a journey, a place of becomings, of reckonings, of beginnings. Home colors our skies, crosses our rivers, climbs our mountains. No, you can’t go home again, but you can’t escape it either.
The contributors in this issue examine the fragile connection we all have with the man who gave us life. They offer a myriad of understandings and misunderstandings, beliefs, shattered memories, grief and turmoil as well as respect and admiration. Alexandra Barylski, one of our featured poets, tells us in her poem “Conversations & Unbelief,” “Daughters are not permitted to understand their fathers.” She goes on to say:
“Life will bring you many misfortunes, but you will find your happiness in them, and you will bless life and will make your life a blessing for others— which is what matters most.”
We are committed to the power of women’s voices and we want to make those voices heard. We value your work and we pay writers $50 for fiction or nonfiction prose and $35 for poetry that we select for publication.
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By Julie Stielstra
Pilgrim is unique and revelatory. The characters are slowly, perfectly revealed. They are human, authentic, real enough to step from the page. It is a perfect work, and I am in awe of its writer.
— 2016 Contest Judge, Erika Robuck
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By Kami Westhoff
Sleepwalker makes it very difficult for you to hide. From the first poem, there is a discomfort that slowly unfolds into a horror so real that it’s hard to keep faith in the goodness of humanity.
— 2015 Contest Judge, Erin Elizabeth Smith
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Minerva Rising, an independent literary press, celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman by giving them space to tell their stories and to tell them well. We publish thought-provoking and insightful fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. We pride ourselves on building a supportive community of women, because we believe that when women come together, we flourish. We are committed to working with both established and emerging women writers to hone and develop their craft in the direction of growth – both personally and professionally.
Just as the Goddess Minerva represented creativity, wisdom, medicine, commerce, arts and education, our press provides the opportunity for women artist to share their diverse experiences and talents in order to nurture a collective creativity.
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