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Peter Schireson: Kindling

even years later,
I still feel
nothing

August 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Lunch Time

A 16-year-old Iranian girl has been notified by the local morgue to identify her mother’s body. Over the course of the next 15 minutes, this painful task proves to be more difficult than we could have ever imagined in Alireza Ghasemi’s engrossing and humanist portrait “Lunch Time.”

April 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Jamie Lombardi: Marcus Aurelius helped me survive grief and rebuild my life

No matter how terrible what happened was, it is still our choice whether to understand our story as one of crippling defeat or a miraculous victory against the odds – even if all we do is get back up and learn to stand again.

March 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Stillbirth

I sometimes go months without remembering you.
Some griefs bless us that way, not asking much space.

February 17, 2020 · 3 Comments

Judith Sanders: The Farewell

“Picture a staircase,”
the hypnotist said.
“At the top, a door
will open
onto a landscape.”

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: I Have Become a Resting Place

And my mother, who at her death
Called out to her sister Ozra,
Has not yet let go of
My own sister’s hand.

January 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Two Lovers

I still hear
The sound of your laughter
On that summer morning

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Mother On A Mission — What Else Could You Do To Hurt Me?

Campaigning. Photo by Jessica McGowan/AP . Among the stories still trickling in of improbable mid-term victories – including news that recounts are now underway in the Florida races of both … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Six poems tracing an arc of forgiveness with real world examples

. My brother who is dying of cancer   My brother who is dying of cancer Tells me the time has come To forgive our father because It’s not about … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 29 Comments

Majid Naficy: Empty House

Every Wednesday since Mother’s death Four sisters get together In their empty childhood home To share memories And make a plan for the house: Should they sell to developers For … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Dinner at the Who’s Who

amidst swirling wine and flickers of silver guests quote Dante, Brecht, Kant and each other. I wait in the hall after not powdering my nose, trying to re- compose that … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

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