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On an Emergent Awareness of Impending Death (#fiction #prose #essay)

V Sometimes life just smacks you in the face. You’re just minding your own business and out of nowhere comes a big punch to the gut, or, yeah, a slap to the face or whatever. This mostly happens when you’re … Continue reading

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The Peace of Stoicism (#poem)

The Stoics all counsel the same. Contemplate life and accept Death without too much disruption. They counsel the same when You are overwrought, but Flood you with a tsunami of tears When their turn comes. Seneca condemned his own sobs; … Continue reading

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A New Riddle of Induction (#poem)

We have such unfounded confidence that The future will be like the past that We are constantly disappointed in the Present. The future betrays us daily. So I can’t be blamed for thinking you’d Be here still—as you always were. … Continue reading

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In Defense of Vile Rottenflush (#poem)

The venerable X. J. Kennedy used a poem about “vile rottenflush” to illustrate bad poetry in his seminal textbook, Introduction to Poetry. The poem, he explains, was submitted to the equally venerable Paris Review, but he does not credit (blame?) … Continue reading

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Frequent Death and Daily Disquiet (#poem)

So many people died that year that I developed A permanent anxiety about companion mortality. Guns, cancer, fire, and water all took people from me. After an absence of a few months, a friend once Called just to say, “You … Continue reading

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A Pattern of Substance Misuse in Rural Texas (#poem)

You were always object lesson, Never role model, and I only knew I should never be like you. Your death was early and tragic, As expected, your last conscious Moments spent reaching for the door Of a home engulfed in … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Grieve for a Child (#poem #napowrimo)

They never changed that room. Dolls, teddy bears, trains, And transformers all hold space, Lock time in perpetual stasis. When death comes life stops. Family said they should pack Things away. It’s too hard To be reminded day after day … Continue reading

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On the Disastrous Art of Losing (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

On our first meeting, she Described me as a “near Buddhist,” Meaning, of course, that I had The ascetic qualities of a monk.   And it was true that Siddhartha Helped me lose my appreciation For things. You learn first … Continue reading

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Writing Through Illness and Grief Group

While mourning his daughter Tullia, Cicero took to writing a book of self-consolation. Thinking himself the inventor of this type of self-help, he said, “Why, I have done what no one has done before, tried to console myself by writing … Continue reading

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How to Support a Mourning Man

When Olympian gymnast John Orozco made it onto the US Olympics team after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury and, more importantly, the loss of his mother, he wept openly with a mixture of joy and profound grief. We can’t … Continue reading

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