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June 11, 2018

Collector of Poetry, Even in Heaven: A Letter to My Grandmother

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Now that you live with Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edna St. Vincent Millay, TS Eliot, and all the others you can get yourself a huge poetry collection even better than the one you had here on earth, which is hard to imagine. I can’t wait...

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February 19, 2018

My New Fight Song

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Whenever I was lonely or afraid, I tried to uplift myself by humming my favorite pop music, but it didn’t work. The songs just made me feel so inadequate: I couldn’t follow any of the advice they gave. Then one day for some reason I remembered back...

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January 13, 2017

The Force That’s Always With Us

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I hope no one underestimates the importance of this discussion or its power to save lives. There are times when no human reassurance, therapy, or medication means anything to a person suffering from mental illness. But to meet someone who is just...

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August 12, 2016

The Capacity To Be A Martyr

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I connect with Sophie every day as I work in the Plough Publishing House, copyediting her collected correspondence. This is what shakes me: as I sit at my computer I see her at her manual typewriter. As her story unfolds in front of me, I see the...

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