A poetic prescription to soothe suffering

Because this is a moment of suffering. Read in order and repeat as necessary.

1) “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith, to acknowledge the largeness of your pain and the sometimes barely-there sliver of hope.

2) “Sorrow is not my name” by Ross Gay, to remind you that our suffering is not, need not, be a permanent state.

3) “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” by Ross Gay, to transform suffering through ecstatic observation, language, and gratitude.

If your system can’t absorb the third poem, repeat poems 1 and 2 until ready.

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