Regina Dilgen's exquisite "Meditation on Thomas Merton's Hermitage" imagines American monastic Thomas Merton worn by grief and inspired to write.
Ziyong Chengru – Ten Verses
Chinese Nun Ziyong Chengru on the pain of parting and how to draw solace from the cyclical nature of time and landscape.
Sandra M. Castillo – Christmas, 1970
Cuban-born Sandra M. Castillo writes about her first Christmas in the United States, when she was just eight years old.
BY SONIA TRICKEY We began our ascent of the South Cirque at 5:20am. Snow had fallen thickly overnight, the path was invisible and it was very dark. Most of us had barely slept.
BY JOANN STEVELOS - What happens when an abandoned child grows up and one day buries her estranged father
A Love Letter to Nathaniel
BY KATE TAGAI - Love only needs an instant to unfurl, and no one knows this better than the mother of a child she only knew for a few days.
Learning How to Breathe Again
BY DANIELLE BAIN - I went through the five stages of grief to find my own sexuality in a world that was far from supportive
Brandon McQuade – Two Whiskies
Brandon McQuade's poem, 'Two Whiskies', is a melancholy narrative of the author's dream of a late friend.
Julia Park Tracey – Tufas
In Tufas, Julia Park Tracey offers a simple and quiet poem focused on the landscape and nature, with a sense of tragidy that's only hinted at through her words.
I Had a Brother Once: A Poetic Ritual for a Sibling’s Grief
I Had a Brother Once is an elegiac and honest account of the devastation of suicide, the senselessness of grief, and the imperatives and difficulties of narrative when a loved one's life is on the page.