Poetry and Grief
There is so much to grieve for now. Deaths of loved ones. Death of human contact and some semblance of normalcy. Deaths of our dreams for the world, the earth, for ourselves, and for others. As a poet whose husband died recently, in the midst of this pandemic, I know first-hand how poetry can contain the uncontainable and allow us to say the unsayable.
Amy Small-McKinney’s poems have been published in numerous journals, for example, Connotation Press, Construction, American Poetry Review, The Indianapolis Review, Tiferet, Anomaly, Ilanot Review, and Pedestal Magazine.
She has also been a guest editor for Pedestal Magazine. Her poem “Birthplace” received Special Merits recognition by The Comstock Review for their 2019 Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest. Her second full-length book of poems, Walking Toward Cranes, won the Kithara Book Prize 2016 (Glass Lyre Press).
Her poems have also been translated into Romanian and Korean. Small-McKinney has an MS in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. She resides in Philadelphia where she teaches community poetry workshops and private students.
Host: Charles S. Carr
Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Readings Series on PhillyCAM
There are over 50 organizations that promote poetry in the Philadelphia area. They represent every poetry form, ethnic background, age, gender, and community. This series consists of a panel of guest poets and artists discussing the opportunities which their group or organization provides for poets in Philly as well as the themes that influence them. The program is broadcast live on the first Tuesday of each month. The program is free and open to everyone.
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