Comprising creative submissions authored by members of the Luther community, the Winter 2011 issue of Impetus features several works of poetry, one short story, and one personal reflection on time spent abroad. While the four pieces are not identical in form, each one of them achieves a kind of poetic effect, painting a picture of a place, time, feeling or experience in the minds of their readers. Some of the pieces read like pen and ink, and others like watercolour; some contain echoes of Surrealism, while others are more Impressionist. And the precise nature of each of these “paintings” depends heavily on the mental canvases their readers bring with them.
The Impetus editorial board is pleased to introduce the following four works: “Lisbon Suite ” by Gerald Hill , professor of English at Luther College and renowned prairie poet; “AND IF ” by Dolores Ewen, Luther student and lifelong learner; “Is This Paradise? ” by fourth-year Luther student and assistant editor of The Luther Story  Faye Wickenheiser; and “Responding to Mexico’s Cries ” by Katie Bergman, a senior-level Luther human justice practicum student.
The editorial board wishes you happy reading and encourages you to write with comments on these or any other Impetus pieces at email@example.com .
Jennifer Arends, on behalf of the Impetus editorial board