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April 24, 2013


I'm Lise and Jacqueline's editor at the Kent State University Press. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to publish THE WIDOWS' HANDBOOK and delighted to include Lise and Jacqueline among our authors. Look for the book in early 2014!

I am one of the contributors to The Widows' Handbook and am grateful for this discussion. I hope it will help the book find its audience of people for whom it could be a companion.

As recently as yesterday my boss asked me for a recommendation for something appropriate for his recently widowed mom. The Widows' Handbook will be just the thing. I am honored to be one of the contributors.

One of our contributors, Iris Litt, asked me to post this response for her:
Reading this blog about The Widows' Handbook, I am proud to be a
contributor to it. Lise and Jacqueline are so intelligent and
perceptive and verbal that the anthology has to be the finest of its
genre. These editors have the ability to recognize and appreciate the
most meaningful and skillful and distinctive poems on this complicated
and often painful subject. I think this book will be an example of how
poetry can bring, not only the joy that good poetry always does, but
also the therapeutic effect of sharing perhaps the most challenging
experience of our lives.
Iris Litt

As much as I am honored to be a contributor to this anthology, I am even more grateful that a book on this theme will be published. At every reading I give, there is at least one person in the audience who asks me if there is a book of poetry available on widowhood. Either they are widows themselves or they know someone who is and who is lost and devastated. They feel a book might bring comfort or help them find their way through the pain. I am so delighted that now I can finally say, “Yes!” My gratitude is winging its way to Jacqueline, Lise, and to Joyce Harrison of KSUP. This publication is a major accomplishment, and the world has been without it long enough. Kudos to everyone!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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