Companionship and Connection
In today’s New York Times there is a moving report of a new book by Madge McKeithen. Her son suffers from a debilitating illness, and in struggling to come to terms with it, she turned to reading poetry. She has now published a book of favorite poems and her commentary on them: Blue Peninsular.
The Times’ reporter, Dinitia Smith, calls the book “rigorous, unsentimental, tough, dry, the words like bullets coming at you. And it offers no easy hope.”
McKeithen herself says she finds “no solace in poetry.” What does she find, then? “Companionship. A connection that felt true.”