I’m greatly moved by Sheryl St. Germain’s expression of loss, and I admire both the honesty and the skill it took to write it.
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Born and raised in New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain is of Cajun and Creole descent. She has published nine books and chapbooks of poetry and essays, and edited two anthologies. The poem appearing here (“Feral”) is part of a forthcoming poetry book from Autumn House Press, The Small Door of Your Death, that explores the death of her son from a heroin overdose. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University. Here are some links to other works that explore issues such as video games, teaching, addiction and loss: