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Bhikshuni Vasetthi: Oh, My Heart

I called out to my grief and drew it toward me.
I held my grief and gently rocked it.
Shh, I said. There, there. There, there.

January 13, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: The Ref

A referee struggles to maintain control over a 2nd grade basketball game.

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why We Should Try Talking to the Dead

After my father’s death, my mother kept talking to him.

November 18, 2022 · 8 Comments

Neil Shepard: Local Freeze

Flat lines of black clouds 
rolled over the Everglades, pelting the land with cold rain, 
then, briefly, almost impossibly, hail, over the wetlands and dredged 
fields, reminding us how fragile the grapefruits and oranges.

November 15, 2022 · 5 Comments

Walt Whitman: Come Up from the Fields Father

Open the envelope quickly,
O this is not our son’s writing, yet his name is sign’d,
O a strange hand writes for our dear son, O stricken mother’s soul!

October 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Embracing the Mess

I like it best when the memories are everywhere—
and I stumble over the ghosts of wooden train tracks,
trip on the spot where you used to do push-ups

October 19, 2022 · 12 Comments

Charles Bukowski: Consummation of Grief

I even hear the mountains
the way they laugh
up and down their blue sides

October 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Infinitives

To dust it — not often enough. To stare at it — too often.
To never open it anymore. Keep his ashes hidden.

September 19, 2022 · 12 Comments

Therigatha: Fall on your knees and weep

If you really want to cry for somebody,
why not cry for yourself?
Why not cry for all of us,
who are just passing through?

September 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: We Get Old, We Get Sick

How we stumble, are glib
in the face of our fear
when we might show
our own raw heart

August 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Clouds over Corippo

Watching Clouds Over Corippo (2019) feels something like seeing a series of Romantic landscape paintings brought to haunting life.

July 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Durango

Durango follows Aaron and TJ through aimless days spent diving from cliffs, lighting fireworks and chatting about girls, as the siblings’ uncertain future lingers in the background.

July 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Moudhy Al-Rashid: Ancient Akkadian poems and medical texts reveal grief’s universals

A long compilation of various therapies given to improve a patient’s happiness was unearthed in a house in Ashur, a city along the Tigris River.

June 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

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