Issue 50

archival print, 11X14
by Lorna Stevens
Lorna Stevens received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University. Her book "Huia: A Story of Extinction" was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the New York Public Library. She has taught Three Dimensional Design at Bridgewater State College and mentored art students at the University of San Francisco. She lives and works in San Francisco. Perennial (above) is one of the images in God Seed, a collaboration with poet Rebecca Foust.

God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach, 2010) can be purchased through the TCR Amazon Bookstore. More of Lorna Stevens' artwork can be seen at
Editor's Note

The Cortland Review presents Lorna Stevens' exhuberant "Garden," a watercolor, just one of the images in GOD, SEED, Lorna's artistic collaboration with poet Rebecca Foust, whose voice comes out of the "grass-sweet dark." It's a perfect dance of poetry and art, "a fine romance, a garden of earthly and, at times, unearthly delights," says Troy Jollimore.

Curious about how we behave collectively—the issues we choose to address and the ones we don't—Lorna Stevens uses her images to visually ask all the questions about our relationship to the natural world. Her work is conceptually based. She uses clay and glass to make small fragile objects, organic materials such as branches to speak of the natural world, and she alters found objects to make new visual comments. When possible, she combines these diverse elements into one installation, often including the work of other artists who share her interests.

TCR's Issue 50 proudly brings back those we've previously published as well as those new to us and those with gold stars who are new, even, to publishing online. The entire TCR volunteer staff welcomes each contributor and each reader. You're the reason we keep at this dedication to honor the art of poetry and support those who practice its craft. While all of us are busy with all the cares of work, family, everyday's small and not so small crises, it's poetry that stabilizes us in the dizziness of the swirl, and Issue 50 presents its own evidence of the chaos and shows us standing strong in the face of it. We are a tough lot with a formidable optimism.

TCR thanks its poetry and fiction editors for their discriminating selections as well as all of its contributors, not only for trusting The Cortland Review with their work, but for the extra effort they make to provide audio recordings. Remember that Flash Player is the vehicle to these poetic voices, and if it's not already downloaded on your computer, you can get Flash Player free here.

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