The featured portfolios in this issue explore our theme, "village of children." And how varied are the ways that art and poetry can be about childhood! We begin with Shane, who often draws on his own memories for the zany humor that is his signature haiga style. Here his subject is storytelling, something that brings out the child in all of us. Sandy writes as an adult observer, bemused at the sheer exuberance of her young subjects, and Lary as a mother and grandmother reflecting on the flower-like preciousness of family.
One of the main goals of modern art has been to recapture the creative energy that we admire in children's art—"seeing with an innocent eye", as it has been called. In one way or another, each of our four featured portfolios has managed to achieve this. It was Picasso who said it best:
Every child is an artist. The problem is
to remain an artist once he grows up.