Many of the poems in this issue seem to coalesce around themes of
darkness and light. In what ratio of shade or illumination do your
poems thrive? Does a dark poem need light, and vice versa?
My poems thrive in 50% shade, as the relative darkness highlights my
thoughts and feelings in relation to the object or situation
In the Roman Catholic Mass, the “oremus” is an invitation to stand for
prayer. Though the catacombs of the old Christians are “far / from
here,” they are still present for the speaker in a shared “gloom.”
When, by the end of the poem, the darkness is of the speaker’s making,
what role is left for faith?
The role of faith is to provide a language for hope—thus “oremus”—which is is subjunctive— Let us pray
, so allowing the possibility of these moments of transcendence even in somber or bleak situations.