Poetry encapsulates the spirit of the age in which it is written. Unlike so much of what is published today—often little more than disposable entertainment—the best poems can and should endure. A poem is like a piece of amber embedding perceptions, emotions, and thoughts as if still alive. The best pieces are holographic, reflecting light and affording insight, now and into the future. FutureCycle Press’s mission, then, is to help preserve for posterity these little time capsules, these poems, so they may be discovered and explored and appreciated. Only time will tell which ones are the real gems.