• Introducing Terri Gadal – Poet

    terri gadalI’m not sure how I first ran across Terri Gadal’s poetry. As a woman “of a certain age”, I immediately recognized in her a kindred spirit – one brave enough to write about issues of aging.  It’s rare to find a writer willing to explore the dark corners where fear of memory loss and independence dwell – themes Terri faces head on.

    In a way, the honesty of Terri’s poetry reminds me of Sylvia Plath, although her dark corners were another story, indeed.

    When I wrote Terri, asking for permission to post the poem below, she told me that her writing started many years ago, as journals. However, with the advent of digital publishing she is now able to offer her work to the world.  As she wrote, “This digital age is something I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams.”

    My Void

    Words fail me
    in needed moments
    beyond expression
    are the feelings
    that come and go
    in flashes of time
    so uncertain
    so unkind
    questioning truth
    with each trick
    of the mind…
    while blankly
    I stare out
    from my void

    Read more of Terri’s work on her blog or over at Amazon

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6 Responsesso far.

  1. It is so hard to write about these things. Readers often offer pity, but that isn’t what is wanted or needed. What is needed is understanding. There are joys in growing old, there are things to cause despair. Walking that tightrope with any style and grace is *very* challenging. Thank you, Nancy, for introducing me to Terri Gadal’s work!

  2. thewriter says:

    Jessica – I totally agree. We don’t want pity – in fact I’m not sure we want anything except to understand what’s happening to use and finding a sense of peace about it.


  3. Ann Blackwell Clement says:

    aging with style and grace can be a lengthy process. Longer for something others. I accept each day with gratitude and look forward to the adventures. nice that someone can put it into words

  4. thewriter says:

    Ann, you are so right. It is a lengthy process and one with a lot of bumps in the road.

  5. Alison Cross says:

    Poetry is challenging – I bow down and worship at the feet of those who can chisel away at the rough blocks of everyday experience (not just love!) to make the jaded reader perk up and say ‘yes! that’s EXACTLY how it is’!

    I look forward to learning more about this poet!


  6. thewriter says:

    Ali – I agree! I wrote poetry when I was in my 20s, lo those many years ago. Like all writing, I find myself pondering “what makes this poem so perfect”? Takes me back to the “what makes writing beautiful” question. Good grief, I may give it a go again!

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