Issue 40 of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review was published in December of 2014. It is an issue that circles around an idea of loss. This is not a theme issue, but an issue compiled with a center in mind. The poems speak to each other, and to the reader, about different kinds of losses—of people close to us, of innocence, of words' meanings, of the physical world around us and of things we didn't really know we even had. The issue features work by Merrill Gilfillan, Wendy Videlock, Maurice Manning, Katrina Vandenberg and others, some familiar in the pages of the Review, and others new. This year's 4x4 also meditates on the losses the poems evoke— in stark terms both painful and hopeful. Much thanks to Michael Zigmond for the use of his beautiful work for this year's cover as well - what says more about loss than cut flowers?