A Look at Kaveh Akbar's Work & a Meditation on Grief on The Kenyon Review

My last three essays over at The Kenyon Review have been some of the most difficult but also joyous to write. 

Kaveh Abkar

Kaveh Abkar

The first, "Orchids We Have Been: On the Transformative Power of Longing", is the first of a two-part series on the work of Kaveh Akbar, one of my favorite contemporary poets. It explores orchids, devotion, longing and how such a world that quite suddenly, has always been, that world that is Kaveh and poetry and transformation itself. 

The second, "Even If Parts of You Go Missing Forever", considers the ideas of survival and happiness, and those times when the abyss is calling for you, but the unknown in you is stronger.

(The series also got a shout-out from Harriet over on The Poetry Foundation!)

I ended the week with "Is Grief a Waiting," which looked at grief as a collective consciousness, a bridge, a connection we sometimes miss We've all lost those we can't let go; maybe we don't have to.

It's been an incredible summer; last week, I read with CantoMundo poets Eddie Martinez, Sheila Maldonado and Celeste Mendoza (hosted by Deborah Paredez) for the Dodge Poetry Festival's Lunchtime in the Park series. Here's a couple of photos from the event:

Top row: CantoMundo Founders Deborah Paredez and Celeste Mendoza Bottom row; CantoMundo Fellows Rosebud Ben-Oni, Eddie Martinez and Sheila Maldonado 

Top row: CantoMundo Founders Deborah Paredez and Celeste Mendoza

Bottom row; CantoMundo Fellows Rosebud Ben-Oni, Eddie Martinez and Sheila Maldonado 

Post-Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival/ CantoMundo reading — with Eddie Martinez, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sheila Maldonado, Paula Neves, Celeste Guzman Mendoza and Deborah Paredez at Fornos Restaurant, in Newark, NJ.

Post-Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival/ CantoMundo reading — with Eddie Martinez, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sheila Maldonado, Paula Neves, Celeste Guzman Mendoza and Deborah Paredez at Fornos Restaurant, in Newark, NJ.

Also elated to announce I'll be teaching a poetry workshop at Poets House in the Fall! Details to follow...