I am delighted to share my poem, Canopy, is published in issue one: hebe (the fountain of youth) from Free Verse Revolution!
I have been a part of Free Verse Revolution for some time. It is one of the first places I started submitting my writing. When Free Verse Revolution took a hiatus last year to decide on its focus, I missed the monthly prompts and the community, so I am elated by the quarterly issues Free Verse Revolution is advancing forth into the literary world!
This issue is a powerful reminder that youth takes on many faces and means different things to each of us. Youth may mean we are old and looking back on memory. Youth may mean we are young and afraid of growing old. I am honored to have my perspective included among this diverse and dynamic collection of voices.
Canopy is my story. I have not lived long. I am still young. I do not have a past to feel tired over, but sometimes I feel incredibly and inexplicably old. Youth is what I want to hold onto for as long as I can. Time is terrifying. It goes on, and I go with it.
Reading this issue, I am reminded youth is less of a physical state and more of a mentality. As Kristiana states in the opening pages, “Throughout this issue you will be confronted with both mythological and viscerally human responses to mortality and I hope you enjoy. Settle in, take your time and meet Hebe in human form.”
I invite you to experience Canopy. Find what youth means to you.
My great-grandmother knows the difference between a
Parlor-maid, housemaid, and chambermaid.
I do not . . .
Cover Art by Constance Bourg
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