portion of the artwork for Vivian Eyre's poetry

Vivian Eyre’s Comments

The inspiration for these poems started with an off-handed comment. Over lunch with a colleague, I outlined a teaching idea on my paper napkin. She said she had another such napkin from almost a decade ago. Though we laughed over my quirkiness, later the exchange made me sad. Why?

The answer led me to my father, how my sister and I inherited his habit. To expand this notion, I wrote a suite of poems themed around how my family coped with loss. How we can coax that stallion, Grief, to sleep, just to have him gallop across miles to surprise us.

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Vivian Eyre’s poems have appeared in Permafrost, Asheville Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Oberon Magazine, Neu-Smoke, and elsewhere. Vivian has been a finalist for the Dorothy Daniels Award sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women. She lives on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 31 | Winter 2011