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Poetry As A Path Through Grief

Elizabeth Austen

When her 25–year–old son Seth was killed in a snowboarding accident just months before his wedding, Sheila Bender turned to poetry for consolation. Her book A" New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief"(Imago Press, 2009) recounts how writing poems based on the work of other poets helped her not only to grieve, but to feel and articulate a connection to her son that transcends his death. Literary producer Elizabeth Austen reads one of the poems Sheila used as a model, "One Art," by Elizabeth Bishop. Sheila reads her poem, "A New Theology."

Sheila Bender has published nine books on writing and two collections of poetry. She teaches writing in a variety of settings, and offers one–on–one coaching through her website, She lives in Port Townsend in a house designed by her son, Seth. She was recorded in the KUOW studios February 12, 2010.

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