At the End of Words
A Daughter's Memoir
Publication Date: March 1, 2003
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Through raw journal entries and poems, Miriam Stone - now a college student - has created a stirring tribute to her late mother and a memorial to an extraordinary year of grief and self-discovery.
I turn back toward the street and catch her eye. I haven’t been accepted to school yet. She hasn’t announced her death yet. But in that glance is our first goodbye.
Miriam Stone’s mother is dying of cancer, and for the first time in this young writer’s life, words seem impotent. To tell her mother the lifetime of things she wants to say is akin to losing hope. To say goodbye is to give up. Even writing poetry, which once flowed in long streams, no longer comforts - she writes a different poetry now, spare and without answers. As the author conveys in this deeply moving, authentic memoir, poetry is found in every moment of every day, and at the end of words comes a new beginning. Miriam Stone’s heartfelt, spontaneous words will speak to anyone who has experienced grief or loss.
Miriam Stone is one of the young adult authors included in Betsy Franco’s anthology THINGS I HAVE TO TELL YOU: POEMS AND WRITING BY TEENAGE GIRLS. She contributed the poems "Damn, I Look Good," "A Bad Hair Day," and "To Live." Miriam Stone grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently an undergraduate student at Columbia University, where she is studying anthropology and creative writing. Of her memoir, she says, "Writing AT THE END OF WORDS was never a choice for me but a necessity. To surrender to words and the power of creativity was to allow myself to heal." She has traveled and studied in Europe
and the Americas and works as a human rights activist in New York City.