Grief Poetry: Chanel Brenner's Grief Poetry Published Widely





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Published on May 17, 2013

Chanel Brenner started writing grief poetry after the loss of her young son. This video is her testimonial about the healing power of poetry during the grieving process, but it is also a discussion of her submission strategy and how it changed when she joined Writer's Relief (http://www.writersrelief.com).

Grief poetry is very personal; poems of loss are among the most important poems that have been written. Losing a loved one can lead to deep emotional turmoil, and writing grief poetry can be a rewarding and sometimes healing experience.

Brenner hopes to publish a book of poems about the loss of her son, but just because the poems are "grief poems" doesn't mean they are all necessarily sad. Brenner's collection, composed of a number of poems that have already been published in very reputable literary journals, is a eulogy that celebrates and memorializes the life of her son, even as it sheds light on what it means to grieve the loss of a child.

Along with being a poet, Brenner is also a busy mom, and joining Writer's Relief allowed her to see her grief poems published regularly in reputable publications. Writer's Relief handles the entire submission process for poets, everything from researching literary journal editors, to proofreading and formatting, to tracking editors' comments, and more.

Writer's Relief clients, like Brenner, do sometimes write grief poetry. But the company also works with writers of short stories, personal essays, novels, memoirs, and nonfiction books (like how-to and self-help). Poets and writers join the Writer's Relief team by invitation only. Poetry and short prose are targeted to literary journals; books are targeted to literary agents.

For more information about Writer's Relief and how you can become a client, please see our website. Poets and writers must apply to the Review Board for consideration. Consideration is free, easy, and confidential, and it incurs no obligations.

All good poetry is personal, brave, and generous; grief poems are extremely so. Writing grief poetry or any poetry dealing with loss can be an important step in a writer's emotional process. For Brenner, writing grief poetry is about connecting with others who share the pain of loss. She hopes that her poems will reach out to and inspire others, opening up a conversation about grief, poetry, loss, and, most of all, hope and human connection.



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