by Christine Higgins
The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize, 2019
2nd Place Winner
Scheduled Release Date: Jan 21, 2020
Hello, Darling explores the relationship of a mother with her daughter struggling with mental health. Christine Higgins shares both the joy and the complexity of childrearing, while paying tribute to an exuberant and creative child. Motherhood doesn’t end, but it does change when the daughter dies at the age of seventeen. These poems explore the grief of both parents and what it takes to heal from within that grief. In Hello, Darling, Higgins gives voice to sorrow while holding fast to the love that is essential.
I read Hello, Darling with my whole heart and soul. Poet Christine Higgins is a mother who suffers the unimaginable grief of losing her daughter. In poem after poem, in myriad forms, she composes a song that has everything in it—her daughter’s birth, her life, and her life after…. I read it again and again because I wanted to be beside these poems, to feel their tenderness, their hope, and their deep love.
~Kendra Kopelke, Hopper’s Women
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