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Writer Peter Markus on grief and reinvention

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David Klein
person writing something with a typewriter

The sadness, isolation, and loss of the past year and a half can be so hard to talk about, but sometimes poetry provides the exquisitely precise language we need to name our hurt. That’s what writer Peter Markus found when he sat down to process the death of his father. On today’s pod, April Baer talks to Peter about how poetry became a vehicle to process his grief when fiction fell short.


Peter Markus, writer, novelist, and poet. His first collection of poetry is called When Our Fathers Return to Us as Birds.

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