Towards the Heliopause
by Joan Michelson
86 pages, price $16.00
Available from Small Press Distribution (SPD)
Notes on the Author
In 1997, Joan Michelson's husband, Geoffrey Adkins, a fellow poet, died unexpectedly
on his way to work. The poems in Toward the Heliopause are a response to this event
and a dialogue between her poems and his. Progressing through grief and recovery,
the narrative follows shifts in perspective up to the tenth anniversary of the death.
The reading is heart wrenching and glorious, full of love and loss and a deep look
at a deep love. Anyone who has lost a loved one will find solace and tears reading
Toward the Heliopause and will, I believe, find a moments recognition, where one's
heart, though closed, may open.
"In an unflinching retracing of emotions and events, traveling a journey of breathtaking
range, Joan's poems pursue the heart of loss. The reader learns alongside the writer
about the nature of unexpected bereavement and the tenacious loving needed to face
it and move on."
— Gillie Bolton, Medicine and the Arts, Kings College, London, UK
Toward the Heliopause was originally published in England by Mad Jock Publishers
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"2007 has seen three deeply affecting books written in English after the death of
a spouse:" (one is) Joan Michelson's Toward the Heliopause.
— Books of the Year 2007, London literary critic Anthony Rudolf