Paul Brookes

Dear Paul:

I’ve been waiting for the right time to write to you — needed some time to think. As another poet focusing on death and grief, I was heartened by your words. Such a juxtapositoin of fullness (complement, contentment) and starvation (emptiness, not wanting solace)! Indeed, I know someone who is presented with ways to feel contented — full of life — and she shuns them, lacking the self-awareness to use grief to propel herself farther.