POETRY UNITES THE WORLD.
This came to me as I was editing the latest issue of the magazine with its splendid range of poets and poetry from so many countries. Human feelings are very much the same the world over; we all feel love, surprise, anger, regret, even hate, and poets in many countries write to put these emotions down on paper, to transmit their feelings to others. Poets in restricted countries write their hopes and fears down, their frustrations and their anger. Readers in other more liberal countries read the poems and empathise. Communication is established and through communication and understanding, fear of the new and the strange is Vanquished. Friendships are born and hands are held out in the camaraderie of poetry.
Read some of the poems in this issue, whether in English by poets living in another country, poems in English or translations from poets who are not native English speakers. Enjoy the communication of words used differently; read about the Portuguese poet who had many aliases so he could write about many things in different voices; read poems from India to Italy, from Canada to China.
The seasons often occur as metaphors or allegories in poetry from latitudes which have them; are they as strange to people living in more equatorial zones as rainy seasons and monsoons are to more northern or southern people? With modern communication no-one has to say ‘I believe in snow’ anymore. But do we really pick up on the metaphorical or metaphysical aspect of such images when reading a poem in a magazine? Probably some poets do, some don’t but enjoy the word play; others enjoy the seasonal imagery. Read the guest poems for this week. Both use winter within their poems; one very descriptively, the other very metaphorically. Enjoy both and rejoice that poetry really does unite the world.