Mirrors, Trail Finders, and Citizens
Oct26

Mirrors, Trail Finders, and Citizens

“As a woman my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf   As we continue to imagine a borderless song-map together, may we mirror one another’s truths and doubts, lose our trail and find it, and claim the light of our dreams.   We invite you to read Molly Howes, Alison Hicks, and Monteque Pope-Le Beau’s pensive poetry submissions to “Where I Am From” in full below.             “Where I Am From” by Molly Howes   I’m from a vagabond trail, a band of small travelers. I’m from the taste and safety of a warm sea. I’m from academic offices and esteem.  I’m from forever opening the next door, diving deeper into what I don’t know. I’m from a circle of loving women’s arms. We hold each other’s broken bones until they knit together. We celebrate breathtaking depth and grace. We mirror one another’s truths and doubts.   “Where I Am From” By Alison Hicks   A place of seasons, mixed forest, evergreens, and hardwoods. Where sugar maples turn orange and red, whose sap, collected in spring, boiled down, is poured hot onto snow.   I grew up in a farmhouse that had once been a tavern, on the road to a town now sunk beneath a reservoir. There was no heat upstairs, only what rose.   I have traveled to warmer places, pitched a tent in the desert, watched the sun set below raised arms of saguaros, sipping from a thermos of mulled wine.   Then back to places of granite and rain, smell of leaf-litter. I live on a warming planet and struggle to know what that means: lesser snows, greater rains, drought, flood, disaster.   I have stretched my body out on the Canadian Shield. I’ve lost the trail many times, then found it, or maybe another one.     “Where I Am From” by Monteque Pope-Le Beau   I am from the spike of the universe created by a mothers love. Born from the passions, Freedoms and creativity of my home in California. I am from a rebellious spirit climbing trees , skateboarding down hills , snowboarding in high snow covered mountains. I am from libraries of wisdom and distant lands. Experiencing cultures of long ago and those of not so long ago. I am from the world and I am a citizen of the world. Living a wondrous creative life Guided by my mother until her passing. I am from the darkness of despair and the light of my dreams. I am from tragedy and of hope. I am an artist, poet, and storyteller. I am from a...

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Movement and Our Song-Map
Oct13

Movement and Our Song-Map

This past Monday, I read new poetry by indigenous women, and they made my migratory bones hum. It spoke to the question: What is my deepest need? My instinctive answer is movement. At the Ghost Ranch Retreat 2015, I shared how the white feather can be a symbol for our journey, inspired by the Cherokee Beloved War Women, whose extraordinary courage and compassion merited a swan wing. Here’s what I’ve learned about our song-map: movement doesn’t just get us farther along, it brings us closer together; and we’ll need all the courage and compassion we can give each other for the journey ahead. As the editor of this bi-monthly Wave, I am one of a few who have the profound, humbling experience of reading your responses and creative submissions in The Q. They could fill an ocean. How do we even begin to harness and release such movement? Wave upon wave. Here’s an update on the Waves Anthology from our mother editor, Diane Gilliam: “I’m getting closer every day to a version that will be ready to submit. Contributors will soon get a request for clean, formatted copies of their pieces, and then the Waves Anthology will start finding its way out into the world.” All submissions for our first print publication, Waves Anthology are closed; but if you submit creative work within The Q, we receive it with open hearts and hands for potential publication in Digital Waves. I’m also happy to share we will be rolling out a new website in the new year, which will better serve the needs of our community and refine the creative spaces we offer and want to create together. Thank you for your patience and your continued presence. Here with you in the journey, To read more about the White Feather Story inspired by the Ghighau, the Cherokee Beloved War Women presentation by Sun Cooper with a response by Maxine Hong Kingston, please visit Follow the Buffalo, The White Feather Story. To read more new poetry by indigenous women curated by Natalie Diaz, read Lit Hub. To see more gorgeous feather fine art photography, visit Erica...

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Mend the Part of the World Within Our Reach
Jun15

Mend the Part of the World Within Our Reach

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” – Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Para la traducción al español desplácese hacia abajo. In The Q, a question was posed for me, What am I free to do for myself and others because I don’t have to wait? I understand reciprocity is sometimes misconstrued as scorekeeping, but instead it is better understood as energetic resonance. What most resonates with energy you can meet? What lifts your energy? What clears a path two or more can walk together? I met Tiffany Papageorge in Colorado in 2014 at a retreat with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Four years later, she reached out and shared her obstacle: bringing her book to a language she did not speak and connecting with a community that often asked if her book was available in Spanish. Her obstacle resonated with my desire to do Spanish work with my husband and bring a bilingual book launch to The Bronx Book Fair. My husband and I helped her translate and launch her book on children and loss, My Yellow Balloon, in Spanish as Mi Globo Amarillo. This collaboration unleashed countless events, book sales, and TV interviews. Her act of sharing obstacles with me and my act of clearing a new path took on an energy and life of its own. At The Bronx Book Fair, I offered what I had learned as a creative woman as both a writer and teacher to the writers in my workshop. I asked them to plan their projects in full sight of obstacles because they are invitations to new possibilities. Share your obstacles in The Q. Join an artist or two and invite your obstacles for tea and biscuits or cafe con leche y pan tostado. Slowly we accept the invitation to see a new path for ourselves and for others where once there was only a wall. From me to you, de mi para ti, Melissa Coss Aquino   “Arregla la Parte de Nuestro Mundo a Nuestro Alcance” En The Q, se planteó una pregunta para mí: ¿Qué puedo hacer libremente por mí y por los demás, sin tener que esperar? Entiendo que la reciprocidad a veces se malinterpreta como intercambio de resultados, pero en realidad se entendería mejor como resonancia energética. ¿Qué más resuena con la energía que puedes palpar? ¿Qué levanta tu energía? ¿Cuándo se despeja un camino, dos o más pueden caminar juntos? Conocí a Tiffany Papageorge en Colorado en 2014 en un retiro con la Dra. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Nos...

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Through Our Mothers
May31

Through Our Mothers

“We think back through our mothers if we are women.” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929) On the heels of Mother’s Day, we want to honor all creative women, recognizing our stories are born from women before us, nurtured among us, and inherited by those who come after us. Amidst what we can do and hope to do for each other, we remember our collective need for validation remains largely nominal. Together, to that end, we seek first and foremost to end the isolation of women and embody what we can achieve together as mothers to ourselves and to each other, receiving and widely sharing each other, till no woman remains...

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