The background image for issue 20.2 is of one of two apartment towers in Milan, Italy known as Vertical Forest. This melding of nature and urban human habitat was created by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri. These buildings are designed not only to be attractive living spaces but also intended to bring more trees into cities to help reduce CO2 levels and push back at climate change. They make us look both forward and upward offering a bit of hope in these troubled times.
In the issue that follows we have gathered voices from all over the world, many that speak of the world’s troubles. But you will also find beauty, wonder and a sense of community in these shared experiences.
Congratulations to Michael Henry Lee and Jennifer Thompson 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 well worth reading in the archive.
Thanks to tinywords Assistant Editors Polona Oblak and Ruth Holzer, and to founding editor Dylan Tweney, who also serves as our technical advisor and web page designer.
To all of the poets who sent in their poems for 20.2, and to the readers who return year after year, we say thank you.
We wish you all the very best now and in the coming new year. Be well, stay safe.
We are all in this together.
the leaves that remain
— Michael Henry Lee
a leaf finds its place
on the sidewalk
— Jennifer Thompson