"In reading C B Follett’s most recent collection,
I've realized that, poem by poem, it holds many of her most precisely
poised and deeply powerful poems yet. These often wrenching family poems
constellate and adhere in a remarkable way, informing one another,
talking back to one another -- multiplying the poignancy and sadness and
luminous victories as well. These are incredible poems of parents and
children, the whole web of family and loss. The cosmic beauty of the
title section is stunning, yet the book builds carefully to its final
section, 'Into the Light,' where each poem is just exquisite, perfectly
and simply balanced, as we move to the book’s elegant and moving
– David St. John
Susan Terris was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. degree in English literature from Wellesley College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. For seven years she edited Runes, A Review of Poetry. She is now editor of Spillway and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine and In Posse Review. In addition to writing & journal editing, she does freelance editing of book-length poetry manuscripts and teaches workshops on “The Making of a Chapbook”.
CB Follett is the author of 9 books of poems, the most recent Of Gravity and Tides, and several chapterbooks, most recently Wind Rose. At the Turning of the Light won the 2001 National Poetry Book Award. She is Editor/Publisher of Arctos Press, was publisher and co-editor (with Susan Terris) of Runes, a Review of Poetry (2001-2008). Follett has numerous nominations for Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, as well as eight nominations as a individual poet; a Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry; awards and honors and been widely published both nationally and internationally. Follett was Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA, USA. (2010-2013)
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Drawing on her personal losses, chronicled in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Claire Bidwell Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process. Brave, profound, and ultimately inspiring, After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go? is unique in the power of the personal journey that underlies the book’s message: What we believe about what happens next affects everything about how we live–and love–right now.
Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of The Rules of Inheritance, which has been published in seventeen countries and is currently being adapted for film. Claire has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a therapist specializing in grief. She regularly teaches writing workshops and gives talks on both writing and grief.
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