magical thinking

At my behest, this month my book club read Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.”  It comes across equal parts memoir and journalism–her year of magical thinking is one that follows the sudden death of her husband and the extreme illness of their only child.  Though her tone never feels dramatic or overly expressive, there is an overwhelming sense of profound loss.

To aid in the comprehension of such grief, I selected 8 poems to share from a book of collected poems about grief called “The Art of Losing.”   The book is divided into 6 sections that are a reflection on the grief process: Reckoning, Regret, Remembrance, Ritual, Recovery, Redemption.  These two poems, both from “Recovery,” were particularly striking to me.

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