Introduction: Spring 2022

One of the amazing poets in this issue, Nancy Daley, writes of spring:

I count the highs and lows on nature’s graph  
as the green tops of spruce  
rise up and down in eloquent curves,  
silhouettes plotted randomly 
against the backdrop of an early season. 
The sky, grey and swollen,   
teases my dry and thirsty senses  
with its precious life-giving reserves

It was a long winter in more ways than one; in fact, it can be said that the last two-plus years have been one long, cold time. We seem to be emerging (perhaps? Oh please?!) into something other than isolation and false starts, a time when, as our feature Ellen Bass describes,

you dread, all you can’t bear, dissolves
and, like a needle slipped into your vein—
that sudden rush of the world.

We at Soul-Lit are pleased to offer you this sudden rush of poems, poetry being itself a life-giving reserve for our oh-so thirsty senses. We feel assured this issue will warm, move, engage, and celebrate us into this season.

And speaking of celebration: Soul-Lit is celebrating our tenth year in publication! Please join us on Sunday, July 31st, at 10 Shepherd Lane, Ashland, MA 01721. Beginning at 2:00, we’ll enjoy an open mic, amazing features, music, art, refreshments, and the delight of each other’s (vaccinated) company!

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