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Joan Cusack Handler


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In Orphans, a verse memoir, poet psychologist Joan Cusack Handler explores our most primitive and ambivalent relationships—those with aging parents—meanwhile confronting her own mortality. In a life lesson we’re often unprepared for, Handler presents the reversal of roles and the eruption of unresolved conflicts that persist from childhood.

CavanKerry Press, 9781933880563, 184pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2016

About the Author

JOAN CUSACK HANDLER is a poet and memoirist, editor, and psychologist in clinical practice. She has published three books--two poetry collections (GlOrious and The Red Canoe: Love In Its Making) and a memoir (Confessions of Joan the Tall). Recipient of five Pushcart nominations and a Sampler Award from The Boston Review, she is the founder of CavanKerry Press Ltd. A Bronx native, she currently lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and East Hampton, New York.