Welcome to our semi-annual harvest of small poems. In this issue we share an international array of poets. The background image for 19.2 is a familiar late summer and early autumn scene here in the American Northeast — that of hay bales in a rural field. These compact rolls are the result of a summer’s-worth of growth. Like a good small poem they exemplify the simple beauty of what we pass by sometimes multiple times per day.
If nothing else, T I N Y W O R D S is an invitation to stop, look and listen. There are words out there in the quiet of the fields. Fully formed poems even. We hope you enjoy all the poetic discoveries included in this issue.
Congratulations to Jacquie Pearce and Adjei Agyei-Baah who open the new issue with their winning poems inspired by our photo prompt. Their poems are featured below. As always there were many fine offerings and the selection of winners was a challenge. Thanks to all those who offered their inspired works.
Thanks to T I N Y W O R D S Assistant Editors Polona Oblak, and Ruth Holzer for their thoughtful reading. Also to founding editor Dylan Tweney, a poet in his own right, who remains a key member of our editorial team.
To all of the poets who sent in their poems and to the readers who return year after year we say thank you. Together, we bring the vitality of the written word to life.
my childhood beliefs
~ Jacquie Pearce
the withering and greening
of our faith
~ Adjei Agyei-Baah