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SunLit Interview: When prose failed her after her son’s death, a Colorado mother turned to poetry

Even identifying her son's body became a subject for her to address in "Breath, Suspended." Because, she says, how could it not?

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SunLit Excerpt: “Breath, Suspended” charts in poetry the depths of a mother’s grief

After Diane Alters' 22-year-old son, Armando, died suddenly in Mexico, she worked through her emotions by writing. Poetry became the vehicle for her journey.

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SunLit Interview: Poet Carol Guerrero-Murphy’s urgency moved her to self-publish

The "existential shock" of the pandemic helped her focus on living with death -- and a sense of loss -- as a constant companion in "Bright Path, Dark River" 

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SunLit Excerpt: The prose poems of “Bright Path, Dark River” meditate on family life and death

The pandemic moved poet Carol Guerrero-Murphy to a sense of urgency in relating observations about losing family -- including animals

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SunLit Interview: In “Slow Arrow,” Kathryn Winograd wove threads of her mother’s voice

The author wrote the essay "Skyglow," one of the last in her collection, after her mother moved to Colorado and they developed a "companionable routine"

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Skyglow,” a look to the heavens for beauty and meaning

Author Kathryn Winograd's selection from her book of essays, “Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children,” melds the mysteries of the night sky with the search for truth

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A selection of poems from Art Elser’s collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”

These excerpts cover meditations on being drawn into poetry, appreciating nature, remembering love's spark and even the cosmic significance of a spider's death

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Poet Art Elser looked back at life-changing events to fill his collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”

He finds inspiration all around him, and in life experiences like serving in Vietnam. But his poetic role model was a woman who never stopped writing -- and published a book of her verse at 100.

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Coronavirus experiences, however challenging or fulfilling, do not add up to immunity

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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I lost my amazing dog during coronavirus, but in my mind his wisdom remains

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

Write On, Colorado

In one selection from her collection “Lucid Life,” the poet offers a father’s wish for his daughter

In a second poem, Catherine R. Berra reflects on the process of growing older and wiser -- but not alone

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Catherine R. Berra has been writing poems since she was a girl. Last year, she finally published some.

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Jared Smith evokes sunrise across America in the title piece of his poetry collection

In a few dozen lines, the poet describes the glitz and especially the grit of the nation as it awakens, from sea to shining sea

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In “That’s How It Is,” poet Jared Smith celebrates the struggle and dignity of the American worker

From traveling to all 50 states to a wide-ranging work history -- including as an advisor to President Clinton -- the author's life experience laid a broad foundation for his writing

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Her book launched a literary experiment focused on “the nature of change and mental health”

With "Soft Hearted Stories," Jenny Forrester employed prose, poetry and even song into this highly introspective yet also wide-ranging nonfiction look at both herself and the world around her

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A genre-defying memoir calls on history, science and gripping narrative in a meditation on grief

In "The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes," author Sarah Adleman employs a mix of literary techniques as tools that dig to the heart of tragedy and explore the concept of forgiveness

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Despite the coronavirus, I still have a garden. Party on!

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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During coronavirus we may be in instead of out, but at least we are in together

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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I turned to poetry to capture both powerful and shattering moments from the coronavirus

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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Eventually, there will be “before” the coronavirus and “after.” After may come with benefits.

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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