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10/30: Raquel Salas Rivera

A third of the way through, and we get to spend some time with a favorite poet of mine, Raquel Salas Rivera. This poem binds up personal grief with communal grief in a truly inspiring way.

Read "(note for a friend who wants to commit suicide after the hurricane)" here:

Today I want you to think of something either you or a loved one has grappled with: it can be big, like the poem deals with, or smaller, just a continual or acute struggle. Write a note that pokes at the unexplainable edges of grief, or pain, or struggle, whatever it is. The parts of existence that no one takes the tame to lay out for you before you must muddle through them.

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