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Sunday, May 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Geography of Grief: Poets and Poems of Loss

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Using the five stages of grief as a starting point, two mid-career and two early-career poets discuss the poetry of grief via close reading of well-known poets, and read from their own work. Kubler-Ross's five stages of grief are usually understood to be denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Sample poets discussed might include Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Bruce Weigl, Anne Sexton, Rumi, Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, John Berryman and more. Via close readings of specific poems, panelists will illustrate the ways grief can be used to write poems of moral force and emotional impact.

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Rusty Barnes

Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in nearly three hundred journals and anthologies. Among his eight books are two... Read More →

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Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →
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Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan is the co-editor of Live Nude Poems. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Free State Review, Ygdrasil, Barbaric Yawp and several other publications online and in print. She lives in Revere, MA with her family and the poet & novelist Rusty Bar... Read More →
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Teisha Dawn Twomey

Poetry Editor, Wilderness House Literary Review
TEISHA DAWN TWOMEY received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her debut collection “How to Treat Pretty Things” was released by Stream~Lines earlier this year. She lives in Dedham, MA. http://teishapoetrytwo... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970