Hello and welcome to the second edition of foam:e.

2004 was a difficult year. Some of the poems in this issue have responded to this world tension, many seek to find within the context of words and their framework, a path through violence and despair. Others seek to explore through relationships our common humanity, reminding us that regardless of borders, race, gender or religion we are essentially affected by common themes and issues.

This edition of foam:e occurs a year after the first edition, and you will find on the submissions page details of a new timetable. foam:e will be published annually.

While the first issue of foam:e contained many poets who were on the poetryespresso list and its successor poneme, this issue has a more broad and international flavour with poets from Germany, USA, Macau, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The poems cross borders and international culture, yet their context is the world stage and issues which affect us all.

Many of the poets in this issue are well established and widely published, yet we are pleased to offer a mix of poets who you may not have heard of, whose voices are fresh and valid and extend our vision into lesser travelled areas.

Also in this edition is a collaborative work of poetry - a renga entitled Red Poppies. A renga is an ancient Japanese form derived from the tanka and is a relatively new form of poetry to the western world. It is designed to intrigue, excite or stimulate. You will also find an image chosen from a set of ink drawings by Christopher Kelen in Macau. A big thank you again to Susie from Heilog Web Design for her outstanding work on this edition.

The co-editors of this issue are Heather Matthew and Angela Gardner, editor of  the first issue of foam:e. Angela brings to this edition all her experience in taking the ezine to its finished web production. This is Heather's first time as a collaborating editor of a poetry ezine and she has enjoyed the process of selecting and discussing each submitted poem and how it could fit into the overall 'flavour' of this edition.

Thank you to all the poets who submitted to this edition of foam:e. Here are the voices of poets speaking through their writing ...

Heather Matthew
Angela Gardner

Dydd Dewi Sant March 2005

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