Tag Archives: grief

A Sisterhood of Suffering: Taylor Rouanzion’s “A Mother’s Comfort”

"Who, in this world, comforts you? Mother? Father? Friend?" from CompassionInternation on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Taylor Rouanzion’s “A Mother’s Comfort” Post 27/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

“Music Shall Be Thy Name”: Jim Richards’ “Octave”

Jim Richards’ “Octave” Post 26/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

“I Could Feel It Beating”: Jim Papworth’s “The Woman Whose Husband Finds Heart-Shaped Stones”

"Heart of Stone" from Adventures of KM&G-Morris on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Jim Papworth’s “The Woman Whose Husband Finds Heart-Shaped Stones” Post 19/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

Revising Mom: Markay Brown’s “Mothers in Heaven”

Markay Brown’s “Mothers in Heaven” Post 8/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

Poetry of the Void: Melissa Dalton-Bradford’s “House for Rent”

Anthology Poet Highlight 44/82: Melissa Dalton-Bradford, “House for Rent” (Scroll down, both there and here) Language came to me deeply when my paternal grandfather started to decline, when his body began to give in to the detritus of age, when I was faced with his loss. I’ve noted elsewhere that “our words, we hope, will ward off death. Looking into… Read more »

Claire Åkebrand: October is Plush, but Only Fleetingly So

Anthology Poet Highlight 42/82: Claire Åkebrand, “October Plush” (scroll down) Like the violet at its center, the texture of Claire’s “October Plush” is lush, but only fleetingly so. The poet runs her words like fingers over the flower’s petals, pausing in her passing by to notice the beauty of the transient subject at her feet. For although the violet can’t… Read more »

“The Points at which My Loves Fell from Me”: Philip White’s The Clearing

Anthology Poet Highlight 22/82: Philip White, The Clearing In this book dedicated to his late father, mother, and wife, Philip invites us to feel our way around in the soul-space excavated by love and life, loss and death. Framed, then, as elegiac meditations on the loss of persons beloved, the poet lingers on these moments of departure—what the speaker in… Read more »