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 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica Macbeth July 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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!

thewriter July 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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.

Nancy

Ann Blackwell Clement July 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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

thewriter July 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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

Alison Cross July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

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!

AX

thewriter July 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

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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