Let’s be real. Grief is as much about what’s left behind—what’s left unsaid—as what goes on and leaves us here. In her new collection of poetry, How to Love the Empty Air, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the space between us and our memories of and feelings for those we love, and how that “empty air” informs our experience of grief.
Christine Hepperman’s Ask Me How I Got Here is a story of change and discovery told through poetry (as so many stories of change are). The speaker, Addie, navigates the decision to have—and how she changes as a result of having—an abortion with presence and wisdom some adults do not even possess.