LETISIA CRUZ &




Aging is not a pain free process. Joints stiffen. Muscles tense. Bones become brittle. But these are the least of our worries. In recent talks with older friends about aging, the complaint that came up most often was memory.


More than the nuisance of forgetting why we walked into a room, or where we left the keys, the most prominent worry seems to be fear of losing one’s memories.


As Orson Welles famously said, “We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.” It makes sense then that our most prized possessions are our memories.


A few months ago we inadvertently toured a senior living facility. We weren’t visiting for personal research, but rather seeing a friend who happened to work there. Upon exploring the halls, we found vintage photographs and old yearbook pages posted on bulletin boards and displayed outside bedroom doors. We were told the residents experienced clear days and cloudy days, days where the photos on the wall were as vivid as if they had just been taken, and days where they were mere remnants of a life forgotten.


With ISSUE 33 of Petite Hound Press, we wanted to bring memory to the forefront. To quote the poetry of Vibha Rana, “I am the one who has seen life this deep.” May we never forget it.

The above photo is part of Patty Paine's negative recovery project. She is also the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing), The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press) and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf (Berkshire). She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and Diode Editions, and is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and is Interim Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences. 

Born and raised in India, poet Vibha Rana immigrated to the United States in 1986. She developed a passion for literature and philosophy during her early college years at Agra University, India. After completing her M.A in English Literature, she continued to pursue her journey to understand the need for a philosophical approach to live a purposeful and peaceful life, and how literature can fulfill this innate desire each one of us have. Poems of Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams, and recently the works of Nathalie Handel have influenced her poems, expanding her views of smaller worlds in a larger sphere. Currently, she is enrolled in the MFA Creative Writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ. Upon graduation she intends to teach and write literature.

The lines of poetry included within ISSUE 33 are from a longer poem by Vibha Rana, one titled "Arrival," which was published in the literary journal Ars Poetica, Volume 16 with Warren County Community College.

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