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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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How Much the Writing Life Can Hold

“No one has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” —Zelda Fitzgerald

I am a member of an online community dedicated to mothers who experienced a particular type of birth trauma. One day a poet I know posted on the forum. I didn’t know she was a mother, wasn’t aware she had a child my son’s age, and hadn’t expected that she shared this singular type of grief with me.

This woman’s brief post felt like a benediction. She revealed her sorrow with a ferocity and an honesty that spliced my shame about my grief wide open. I was sanctified by a fresh tide of tears. This is the power of the written word. As we take in a story that affects us, we meet ourselves more deeply. Our thinking and our ...

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