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The Grief We’re Given explores the collective and personal experience of grief and grieving through themes and tropes such as relationships, love, loss, nature, eternity, and hope as a thinning, but exuberant, door.
How are we to learn to grieve when it feels unrelenting? How are we to adore and memorialize small moments of appreciation? How are we to shape our grief into something worth celebrating, and begin to understand the grief we give?
The poetry of William Bortz is heart-wrenching, yet hopeful; dark, yet beautiful.
“William Bortz has an impressive ability to reflect upon the genuine, often harsh realities of life with profound writing that is equally candid and hopeful. In The Grief We’re Given, William dissects the many dimensions of grief and through his poems invites readers to do the same. The imagery is tangible; the metaphors are breathtaking. The depth of this collection makes it one worth reading again and again.” — Davis John Patton, singer/songwriter
“In The Grief We’re Given, William Bortz shares poems that cause you to tremble and quake. Taking you through moments of loss, breakthroughs of clarity, and all that encompasses catching and releasing memories we are made of— like feathers falling into our palms.” — Cheyenne Raine, co-founder of Raine Publishing