|The Cold Place||
Ashleigh R. Davies
I wanted him to be ancient, a silhouette in winter,
I wanted to unsew his crooked smile,
stuck in the pigment. Barbwire and thistle
was the wind. His eyes were wind-worn
The pupils had faded away.
me in his shadow listening to the wind,
I began to see my own beauty
Dream Catcher 30’s striking cover, a reproduction of Home Wrecked by Geordie, is one of a number of images featured in this issue by artists who have experienced homelessness. These pictures were created in response to an Arts Council England funded Out of the Box project which offered the artists a range of art skills from traditional to digitally innovative. Dream Catcher is pleased to further support the artists and the project by including samples of their distinctive and challenging work.
In selecting this issue’s poetry and prose the editorial team was again spoilt for choice. The short stories range from the surreal world of Eve Kalyvas The Tail to the all too real drama of Joseph Desmond’s Ragdoll and the descent into horror of Graham High’s Swarm Sunday.
And then there are the poems… Superb pieces by established poets, exciting contributions from newcomers, a modern translation of an 18th/19th century German piece in parallel text, love, death, rage. Our contributors come from all over the UK, from Europe and the Americas, all of them united in a love of language and of what words, in skilled hands, can reveal.