Alyson Foster: The View from the Fourth FloorMay 2016
A mother reflects on her grief during her son’s illness, and on her enduring love of reading.
Step InApril 2016
Here’s Jacob, in the grip of incomparable sorrow, being a total jaggoff to his friend. Insert interior monologue: What am I doing? When did I become such a dick?
The River Rises to Meet YouNovember 2015
Alone, un-housed, we moved with the current, the future suspended like the long lines of a spider’s silk flung loose on the air.
Water in the DesertOctober 2015
From 1952 to 1981, a chemical used to clean airplanes contaminated the groundwater in a Tucson community. By the time the city stepped in, thousands were already sick or dying.
Kristi DiLallo: The Language of GriefSeptember 2015
How art can provide us with different languages for discussing loss.
In Full FlightJuly 2015
The writer and naturalist on the temporality of grief, inhabiting the voice of T.H. White, and developing radical empathy with a goshawk.
Julia Grønnevet: Ruins For The FutureApril 2014
One writer's reflections on country’s resilience, a bomber’s sanity, a government’s inertia.
Allison Benis White: The Luminous, Grieving MindApril 2013
The author of Small Porcelain Head on how poetry can help us mourn.
Still, I started for the parlor. I’d polished my shoes, put gel in my hair: habits my mother had always wanted me to form and I had always resisted. Walking down the street, I felt conspicuous, as though people were sniggering at my gleaming head and feet.
What the heart wants? The heart wants / her horses back.