“When the Dying Has Begun”: Death, Grief, and Poetry, by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and John Willison

Death is at the table with us when we write together at Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, where I’ve been facilitating workshops for people with serious illness since 2003. The workshop participants have been through a dizzying amount of surgeries or strokes or heart attacks or chemotherapy treatments. They don’t flinch at Read More …

Coping Through Connections: Faith, Rationality, and Poetry, by Roy J. Beckemeyer

Rosarium Threnody  “Tell the beads of the chromosomes like a rosary, Father.” – Kathryn Kysar from her poem, “Coyote Addresses Science” We tell the string of chromosomes like a rosary, follow, finger by finger, the coiled helix home, count mitochondria for the Mother of God. We bear each mutation to the cross as if we Read More …

The Mourning After: A Poem about Date Rape, by Melissa Rose and Michael Ting

Poem by Melissa Rose and Michael Ting Reflection by Melissa Rose Female Voice Male Voice Female and Male Together I don’t remember how I got home last night I woke up hungover Last night was a blur Drank too much Head still pounding I take a shower Removing The smell of her sweet perfume Washing Read More …