Poetry comics is a celebration of the flexibility of text and image. In this special issue, a wide array of contemporary artists find unique ways to express figurative language and image to create something hybrid. From visual artist Saddam Jumaily’s subtle collage, with mere touches of text ghosting behind powerful images, to the entirely word-based acrylic marker works of Todd Colby, to the meticulously cut-out paper forms of Mita Mahato and the virtually textless quartets of Nick Earhart. This issue is celebrating the uncontrollability of language as well as methods of containment. Poetry comics, as a strange, ancient, yet currently occurring genre. And we are here, now, in all its ambiguous, flawed glory, defining it.