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Poetry as Memory and Moment

The current issue of Cave Wall, adorned by Deborah Mersky’s “New Frog” on the cover, opens with some thoughtful considerations by Editor Rhett Iseman Trull on the nature of saving and preservation: “We can’t protect everything all the time,” she begins. “I used to think I could prevent accidents by performing rituals, like counting my steps or touching the lamps in a certain order I tried to freeze the good times… But we cannot remain in one place. The circle of life keeps turning. In memory and in our art, however, we can revisit a moment, letting it touch and change us anew… Perhaps every poem is a kind of elegy: a song for what cannot last. But each song here is vital, at least to me, in this moment.”

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