Do You Consider Writing to be Therapeutic?

Andrew Grace

After my father diedI should have gone to therapy.I tried instead to solve my griefwith alcohol and poems.Now I am almost 40and all I can tell you about griefis that when I found my fatheron the floor of the machine shedthe radio was on and windpushed against corrugated metal.Of course I still hear it.I should have talkedto someone before nowand not you. Poetry is not talking.This is just artand therefore could nevercover my ears when I, suddenly,am back in the shedand I learn again that my fatherhas died every daysince he died.

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Andrew Grace
Andrew Grace is the author of three books of poems. His chapbook John Henry Split My Heart was recently published by Foundlings Press. He teaches at Kenyon College.
Mississippi Review Winter 2019

Winter 2019

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi

Editor
Adam Clay

Associate Editors
Jon Riccio
Nickalus Rupert

Founded by Gordon Weaver in 1972 at the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi Review is today one of the most respected literary journals in the country. Raymond Carver, an early contributor to the magazine, once said that MR “is one of the most remarkable and indispensable literary journals of our time.” Well-known and established writers have appeared in the pages of the magazine, including Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, as well as new and emerging writers who have gone on to publish books and to receive awards. Mississippi Review is now in its fifth decade, and while adapting to this up-and-coming generation of writers and readers, the magazine continues to publish writing that is offbeat and ahead of the curve.

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