Watch My Talk about Grief and Poetry for NAPT

On September 12, I was honored to present a talk about Voices of the Grieving Heart at a monthly Author’s Corner event for the National Association for Poetry Therapy. The audience was primarily mental health professionals who use poetry to support their clients. We talked about grief, what people who are grieving need, and how reading—and writing—poems about our grief can be a mirror in which we can see ourselves with more understanding and compassion.

I read eight poems from Voices, and I led a writing exercise that participants found helpful. This edited video is about 38 minutes long.

If You Missed Our June 6th Event…

Six contributors to Voices of the Grieving Heart read their poems at this moving and intimate event. We were joined by my friend John Fox as well as special guest Kris Kington-Barker, end-of-life doula and former Executive Director at Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.

You can watch a recording of the event here:

We Had a Wonderful Reading in the UK!

On Zoom, of course. On May 23, five British contributors to Voices of the Grieving Heart read their poems, including some that are not in the book. Thank you so much to Rosemary Palmeira, Rose Drew, Maggie Jackson, Gill Garrett, and Yvonne Ugarte! I read a few poems as well, including one from a sixth British contributor who couldn’t make it, Lucy Trevitt.

We were joined by John Fox, founder and director of the Institute for Poetic Medicine. You can watch the recording here:

Reknowned Poet E. Ethelbert Miller Reads His Poem, “Words”

We have a new project to collect video performances of contributors, reading their contributions to Voices of the Grieving Heart.

The first video comes from E. Ethelbert Miller, who reads his poem, Words. Ethelbert is a renowned writer and literary activist whose poetry has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. He is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel and has taught at several universities. He also hosts a weekly radio show in the Washington, DC area. His 2005 poem honoring HIV/AIDS caregivers, We Embrace, is engraved on the pavement surrounding a circular bench outside the Dupont Circle Metro station in Washington, DC. I’m grateful to him for his support of this project.

 

My Interview on the Grief Dreams Podcast is Live!

Have you ever had someone who died appear in one of your dreams? Joshua Black, PhD did his dissertation on the topic of grief dreams. In this podcast, we spoke about grief, about my book “Voices of the Grieving Heart,” and especially about several dreams I had in which my late wife appeared and checked in on me. One of those dreams became a poem, called “Resurrection,” which appears in the book. In the chapter called “The Garden of Dreams,” other contributors also wrote about their grief dreams.

You can listen here, or wherever you like to get your podcasts.