Poets attribute an array of roles and capacities to the involuntary muscle. The heart becomes a repository of erotic and familial love and a sanctuary for memory. The poets explore the flux of the heart's responses and instigations: the heart's tender overtures, its joyous pulse, its mating call for the other, its changeable temperament, its final tick in freeze-frame. Among the poets featured: Kenneth Sherman, Lorna Crozier, Marilyn Bowering, Roo Borson, Patrick Lane, Charles Bukowski, Eugénio de Andrade, John Barton, Robyn Sarah, and Mary di Michele.
Carol Lipszyc's book of poetry, Singing Me Home, and book of short stories on children and adolescents in the Holocaust, The Saviour Shoes and Other Stories, were published by Inanna Publications. Carol is an Associate Professor at SUNY, Plattsburgh.