Loss and Poetry


Since my father’s death in 2013, I’ve learned a lot about grief and writing. I’ve spent late nights reading poetry books and memoirs and early mornings combing over blogs, essays, and academic journals. I have led Death Writing workshops, given a grief talk at Ignite Cardiff, and even changed my PhD topic to better understand how creative writing can impact others bereaved by addiction.

This work has been difficult, confusing, and anxiety-producing but it has also brought rewards and, strangely, a great deal of comfort. It has reminded me, fundamentally, that I am not alone in my losses. And even though I’m still just on the cusp of it all, what I’ve learned so far has changed me.

Given these personal and academic experiences, I’m delighted to have been selected as the guest editor for a new Little Lantern Press anthology centered on the theme of ‘Loss’. Both myself and the Editor in Chief, Lisa Megraw, will be looking for bold, high quality poems that interpret this topic widely: What have you lost? Who have you lost? What does loss mean to you?

Haruki Murakami said “every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.”

So we say go: write things, read everything you can get your hands on, share what you’ve read with friends and strangers, be more alive than you’ve ever been. And, if you have a moment, send us some poems too.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mark Curtis says:

    Hi Christina. This blog entry had such an impact on me that I couldn’t leave it uncommented on! You’re a true inspiration using your own grief process to comfort, support and encourage others through the workshops and talks. I would certainly like to come along to any future ones you have planned. I lost my own dad 3 days before my 9th birthday and still miss him. I also lossed a good friend to alcoholism and two friends to suicide. I will be submitting a few poems for the anthology sometime in the next couple of days and have also subscribed to the Little Lantern newsletter, including one very emotional one I plan to read at Making Minds, Giving Voices on the 6th. Keep up the grand work, Christina, and if you should choose to accept my FB friend request, rest assured I don’t bite. No pressure at all though. Hope you’re over that cold now, by the way. Very best wishes, Mark

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