While the completion of Issue Four had a slightly mystical feeling, like closing a seasonal circuit, Issue Five stands as something different. Like a young oak tree. Roots have been established, growth has occurred but there’s still quite a way to go. There is, however slim, a history now, a record to look back on, for guidance on what to do (or not do). The road ahead may fork many times, but the road behind, while curved, is always straight.
Many of the poems in this issue follow a similar pattern: choices are made for good or ill; decisions are reconsidered, life occurs and the poets observe, capturing it all in their own unique way. We have the viewpoint of our Featured Poet, Pam O’Shaughnessy, who’s depth and breadth of life create a unique viewpoint on the future of poetry.
There is a dedication in the creation of poetry; a similar dedication exists in creating a journal. It’s a multi-layered process that, issue by issue, circuit by circuit, continues. The work of the editorial panel, art editor, our chief cook & bottle washer, and technical director have come together to give you the latest issue of Triggerfish Critical Review. It’s our hope that you enjoy it and will continue to come back for more.