The first edition of tiny poetry: macropoetics is the collaborative effort of dozens of artists ranging from as young as sixteen, making image edits on their smartphones and web browsers, to established, award-winning writers, poets, and designers. The effect of these collaged poems, warped images, passing thoughts, and skillfully crafted sentences is something utterly unique: at times celebratory, occasionally elegiac, but always aware of the relationship of the self to nature, even as viewed through a screen. Anishnaabe writer Jonathan Taylor writes, “So bring me coyote/Let him make his home in my womb/I will get the feeling of an expectant mother/Creation in my belly.” The journey of macropoetics is indeed a journey of creation, a journey of mystery and myth. Kim Barnes, Pulitzer prize nominee, notes that writing is “not what I do but who I am,” as creation becomes a surrogate of self. In Herbal Abortion, modern myth-maker Canese Jarboe crafts a character yearning for absolution, while Kenzie Allen speaks on appropriation of voice in the form of Pocahottie costumes and misnomers. Daniel Iacob captures moments of profound longing in Absence, while Macropoetry and Micropoems pages reflect the style of tiny poetry: macropoetics, the Facebook group, where dozens of individuals post every day in innovative, genre-bending styles. We hope you will enjoy the selections we were honored to curate. We hope they soothe your soul.
~the Editors, Lyse, Jay, Cats, and Tyler
February 24th, 2016