Women’s voices – circling the globe 2018

by Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew, Founding Editors

Welcome to Issue 2 of Not Very Quiet: a twice yearly journal for women’s poetry.

Drawing on the text of Arundhathi Roy and an image of the goddess Kali, Anita Patel, the guest editor of this issue, created a prompt and an image that elicited a fantastic response of over 300 poems from women poets around the world. Issue 2 features the work of local poets in Canberra and the region, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, reaching out across the Tasman to New Zealand – arcing across the Pacific to Fiji, the Phillipines, on to the Middle East, Europe and the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, USA, Canada, South America.

This is a fine array of women’s voices speaking out to the now of the world in 2018. The poems voice women’s personal, political and social concerns in very interesting and often surprising ways, using a diversity of forms.

We are tremendously proud of NVQ journal. We hope you enjoy reading the poems featured in this issue. We congratulate the successful poets and thank all submitters for their contributions.

It’s also very gratifying to us that we are featuring some poets who contributed to Issue 1. In Not Very Quiet we are creating a community of world-wide women poets. We also welcome new poets to this issue – diversity and inclusivity are very important to us and we believe that this issue is very successful in this regard.

We received a couple of excellent poems that exceeded our guidelines for length and, after much discussion, the editors decided to relax our policy on line length for this issue and subsequent issues.

Thanks again to all the poets who submitted and to Anita Patel, our inaugural Guest Editor.

Also a huge thank you and acknowledgement to Tikka Wilson who is our Production Manager, an indispensable member of the NVQ Editorial Panel. Without Tikka’s expertise and consummate professionalism, experience and generous donation of time the NVQ journal would not exist.

Issue 3 will be launching midway through the year with Lisa Brockwell as Guest Editor. She will provide an image and a theme/provocation closer to the time. Look out for our submission timetable.