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...from the editor


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Winter Thoughts of a Scattered Nature


Landscapes of poetry worlds within the world give us a greater awareness of the possibilities of self that would not available to us otherwise. Poetry is very in the moment.

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You can explain a bad poem, or even a good one. But, you cannot begin to explain a great poem. It penetrates where reason and explication cant go.

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Belief in and acceptance of words are necessary for poetry to come through us. Poetry will find its way. If not us, then somewhere, someone. And if we refuse to believe, refuse to accept, its still there.

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In the works of Donald Justice, a mirror is a wonderful trope for poetry. We do find ourselves on the page, among the lines, in the sound of a word in our mouths.


I hope you find yourself in this issue of Blue Fifth Review.


Sam Rasnake


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