I’ve been an avid consulter and reader of We’Moon since 2000. In this stack, 19 years of documented happenings, letters written, poems published, Solstice gifts gifted, Costco lists recorded, travel dates noted, daily destinations logged. You know. The stuff of life.
In my moon of all full moons, I love finding a home for my poems in We’Moon. Once, an entire poem of mine was published, titled “From One Good Year to Another.” I wrote it in 2011 and it published in We’Moon 2014: Radical Balance. What made its publication especially special is that the editors placed it as the final poem of the year. That particular New Year’s Eve was blustery. Bruce, Rie and I were hunkered down at home lit by twinkle lights sparkling against rain splattered windows. I received a Facebook message that night from beloved poet, UAA MFA faculty member, teacher, sage, amazing human Eva Saulitis who, from another island in the Pacific (albeit warmer – Hawaii) and taking one last look at her own copy of We’Moon for the year, inquired if I was indeed the poet behind the poem. I was! I am! It was a sweet and memorable exchange of New Year greetings, well wishes and writing encouragement all bundled up into a stormy night of one year’s end and another year’s beginning. But this moment also taught me that when you read a poem that grabs you by the heart, you need to engage in some outreach, either let the poet know or post a good word, a review of the work and share the word with others.
This year, again. I am over the moon that the editors have included an excerpt of my poem “For Gloria” in We’Moon 2020: Wake Up Call. Just six lines are included, but the poem is placed in the opening of the issue, next to Earth Dancer’s “Call It In.” I can’t know what in three months’ time I’ll be hoping to call in for the year to come. Without a doubt, the last two autumns have served up so many painful challenges: dark followed by darker yet, but the darkest has been losing Bruce. I plow through the season with fall-scented candles, lots of Vitamin D and a SAD light to push me through these months ahead. So this news of once-again publication, another round of merry, makes my heart light.
Thank you, We’Moon. Thank you.