With the launch party for this year’s issue of Red Weather creeping up on us, I think it is the perfect time to give you readers a sneak peek into one of the pieces. When deciding which piece to preview, a poem entitled “Letter to Grief” by Karin Almjeld immediately came to mind. This has been a personal favorite of mine since we began screening submissions, and I was pleased when it was unanimously voted to be a part of this issue. The poem came to us in pristine condition, and needed very little editing help. It was perfect, just the way it was.
What drew me to this piece was the haunting, yet beautiful, image it created as I read. Karin did a stunning job of portraying the way in which those suffering progress through the stages of grief, or rather, how grief progresses through them. I’ve read the poem many times, so many that I’ve lost count, but each time, that progression of grief materializes in front of me. Of the numerous poems I have read over the years, this one has rooted itself in my memory. Grief is universal, and “Letter to Grief” captures an experience everyone has gone through, or will go through in their lifetime.
Now that I have built up the suspense just a little, I will share with you a small excerpt from Karin Almjeld’s “Letter to Grief.”
I trust with time
That Grief, which is now your constant companion,
Will no longer sleep by your side at night,
but will dose in a chair next to your bed.”
Make sure to visit our launch party on May 1st and pick up your very own copy of Red Weather to finish reading Karin’s “Letter to Grief.”