Transformation of the Wind-Bird: GirlSense & NonSense Is Changing

On January 1st, 2016, I thought my mind would freeze over like the little creek out back. Words, ideas, consciousness, sticks, and cattails just pause their endless flowing with nowhere to go in 1 degree temperatures. 


But somehow I survived another year, another "cold snap", and the start of something new.

 I like to start a new year with poetry and I recently found this one:


(Poetry Magazine, October 2002)

In winter

    all the singing is in

         the tops of the trees

             where the wind-bird

with its white eyes

    shoves and pushes

         among the branches.

             Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,

    but he's restless—

         he has an idea,

             and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings

    as long as he stays awake.

         But his big, round music, after all,

             is too breathy to last.

So, it's over.

    In the pine-crown

         he makes his nest,

             he's done all he can.

I don't know the name of this bird,

    I only imagine his glittering beak

         tucked in a white wing

             while the clouds—

which he has summoned

    from the north—

         which he has taught

             to be mild, and silent—

thicken, and begin to fall

    into the world below

         like stars, or the feathers

               of some unimaginable bird

that loves us,

    that is asleep now, and silent—

         that has turned itself

             into snow.

Mary Oliver's wind-bird surrenders and experiences complete transformation with a clean wash of snow. 

This poem came at a time when GirlSense & NonSense was completing a major transformation of its own and contemplating major changes. So thank you, Mary Oliver, for giving us the courage to surrender to new directions.

How we've changed:

  • GirlSense & NonSense Magazine is no more. We no longer publish a magazine on a separate platform, and will instead feature new artists weekly on the "Featured" section of our website.
  • Artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers are now permitted to submit their work all year long to 

Why we've changed:

  • We wanted all of GirlSense & NonSense publishing to be in one place, and we wanted to feature emerging female artists all of the time instead of 3-4 times per year.
  • The incredible work and effort of our writers and artists should be easily accessible to readers, and now it is. 

These changes are good. These changes are necessary. And thanks to the incredible female artists and writers from New York, Canada, India, and right here in Boise, Idaho too, who have submitted their innovative and provoking work, GirlSense & NonSense is able to debut in 2016 as something entirely new.

A fresh start for a wind-bird. 

We hope you're well. We hope you're warm.

With Love,
Pamela & GS&NS Staff