Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Often literary journals announce a theme ahead of time; MUDFISH announces its theme as the poems become one at publication—they create their own voice, in this issue celebrating youth from the vantage point of age, life from the embrace of death. In Yeats' words, "Bodily decrepitude is wisdom, / Young we loved each other and were ignorant." The poems reflect our lives today with all its attendant joy and grief. The art, like the poetry, is completely various, both traditional and new-fangled, and both art and poetry convey a sense of process: a sense of the writer or artist creating a living and breathing thing.
Jill Hoffman has a B.A. from Bennington College, M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph. D. from Cornell University; she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, and has been published widely in journals, including The New Yorker. Her first book of poems Mink Coat was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1973, her first novel Jilted was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. She has taught in major universities and now teaches the Mudfish Writing Workshop on Zoom. She is the Founding Editor of Box Turtle Press. She is also a painter.