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Sunday, May 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
The Poetry of Loss FULL

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The poet Gregory Orr has said "every encounter with disorder of any sort that results in a poem is a successful encounter in the most basic sense...namely, the poet survived." Loss--expected and unexpected--is universal. Lyric poetry lends itself to expressing the unique emotion, meaning, and impact of loss, as well as its common human and social dimensions. In this group reading, four Massachusetts poets--Myles Gordon, Miriam Greenspan, Becky Kennedy, and Ellen Steinbaum--who have survived profound personal losses including caring for a dying mother, the illness and death of a spouse, sudden death of a child, and the ravages of addiction in the family, will read from their work on a subject that touches all of us. Participate in the power of poetry to sustain both the poet and the audience in facing grievous losses and celebrating life. There will be time for questions and discussion following the readings.

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Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan is a psychotherapist and writer whose work includes the bestseller Healing Through the Dark Emotions, as well as numerous magazine essays of political/cultural commentary. The Heroin Addict’s Mother, (Atmosphere Press, 2021) a memoir that bears witness to the ravages... Read More →

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Myles Gordon

Myles Gordon's book, Inside The Splintered Wood (Tebot Bach) was named a "Must read" 2014 by the Massachusetts Center For The Book. He is a past winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Evening Street Press Chapbook Competition, and an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Award. His... Read More →
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Becky Kennedy

Becky Kennedy received her BA in English and her PhD in linguistics from Harvard University; she lives with her family in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She teaches courses in language structure, language acquisition, literature, and creative writing at Lasell College, where she chairs... Read More →
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Ellen Steinbaum

Poet, Journalist, Blogger
Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collections, "Afterwords," "Container Gardening," and "Brightness Falls." Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems, American Places” and “The Widows’ Handbook... Read More →

Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Room

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