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  Pirene's Fountain

A Journal of Poetry

In the lore of Greek myths, naiad Pirene was grief-stricken by the death of her son, Cenchrias. She dissolved into a fountain of tears outside the gates of Corinth. It was said the essence of a naiad was tied to her spring; she could no longer exist if the spring dried up, as is often the case with inspiration and poetry. Pirene’s fountain was one of three springs associated with Pegasus, and was sacred to the muses, who drank of the waters for fresh inspiration.

At Pirene’s Fountain, it is our hope that we can share of each other’s knowledge, and in the spirit of Ancora Imparo –“ I am still learning,” open our hearts and minds to inspiration.

               "One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love." ~ Sophocles

The one word in any language that encompasses a multitude of emotions, one that is essential to the human condition, and one that has survived time is “love.” Love reaches well beyond the scope of romantic attachment and covers a broad spectrum of feelings. The language of love, whether romantic, filial, parental, religious or otherwise, has beckoned poets, writers, musicians and artists for centuries. Love has inspired people with the joy, strength and comfort it brings them; it has proven its ability to overcome pain and fear, even death. Often associated with the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, love enriches and imparts meaning to our lives.

               The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670


From:Honey and Gratitude”

“I have never looked at a rose the same
after you unlocked my eyes to its quiet music,
its whispering lips, its love song of bees
and its butterfly traffic of need.”

J.P. Dancing Bear
Inner City of Gulls
Salmon Poetry, 2010

           “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”


From: “Tonight, I am in Love”

“Tonight, I am in love with poetry,
with the good words that saved me,
with the men and women who
uncapped their pens and laid the ink
on the blank canvas of the page.”

Dorianne Laux
Facts about the Moon
W. W. Norton, 2006

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."                                                                                ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery



All year they’ve given things away:
lipsticks, stockings, movie tickets,
wiper blades and cigarette money.
At dawn they stand over our sleeping bodies
gazing into our faces, into the future.”

Joseph Millar
From: Fortune
Eastern Washington University Press, 2007

                                        "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
                                           while loving someone deeply gives you courage."                                                                                                                  ~Lao Tzu

All artwork for this issue courtesy of Elisa Boughner.