Grief Songs Excerpt: “First Sacrament”

My debut poetry collection, Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance, was inspired by family photographs. Some photographs prompted my own memories, while others were taken before I was born or when I was too young to remember. The following account of my baptism came from a biography of my life titled, "An Account of … Continue reading Grief Songs Excerpt: “First Sacrament”

#Bookreview: Minus One

My Review The poems in Elizabeth Merry’s collection, Minus One: The Story of a Life, are rich and nuanced with the fluidity of time and memory. I found myself rereading a number of them, each time with a new layer of meaning revealed. Minus One is the poetry of paradox: death in life visible in … Continue reading #Bookreview: Minus One

#BookReview: Someday Everything Will All Make Sense

My Review Carol LaHines’ debut novel, Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, opens with a grabber of a scene: Luther van der Loon describing the death of his mother, who choked to death on a wonton as he tried--and failed--to save her with a badly executed Heimlich maneuver. We come to know Luther as a … Continue reading #BookReview: Someday Everything Will All Make Sense