Poetry

Write or refuse to write – “Poems for Tragedy and Grief” on poets.org

Remembering those lost last year…

Trish Hopkinson

After seeing the news this morning of the tragic shooting in Orlando, I found myself in deep despair for the families affected, for the LGBTQ community, and frankly, for humanity. I wasn’t sure what to post on my blog today or if I even should post on my blog today. Sometimes, incidents that occur in the world can utter us speechless, create pockets of silence, and/or create upheavals of noise. I’ve found the ability to see history through the poetry of surrounding events an invaluable insight into those who lived, survived, and died in times I cannot always access in other ways, e.g. history books.

I found this poets.org article “Poems for Tragedy and Grief” and the poetry it contains a mild comfort this morning, if only in solidarity and sympathy. Not only do “these poems try to help us to heal, or give us wisdom, or…

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