September 19, 2012

P&W Featured Essay with Spouses Craig Teicher & Brenda Shaughnessy

Craig Morgan Teicher

The fantastic Poets & Writers featured essay with Craig Morgan Teicher and his wife, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, is now live online!

The piece is a remarkable window into the personal and creative lives of the married poets, with insights on how they met, fell in love, and currently thrive in the mix of marriage, parenthood, and poetry:

Finding a poet in New York City is like shooting fish in a barrel, but finding one who’s a kindred spirit, a romantic partner, and a writer you truly admire is more like landing Moby Dick in your third-floor Brooklyn walk-up. We probably met four or five times at various poetry venues and milieus—the Poetry Society of America, Columbia University, Poets House, and the venerable poet’s haunt Café Loup—before we ended up talking deeply over the stacks of poetry submissions we were both reading for Tin House magazine and then over dinner. We fell for each other quickly and were married almost two years later.

The poets write in intimate detail about their published works, their adored son Cal, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury at birth, and the throbbing pains and limitless joys that come with the every day:

In no small way our love of and commitment to poetry—especially to each other’s—has enabled us to remain hopeful, joyful, and most of all, imaginative through some of the most challenging experiences any parent, or any couple, could face. Poetry has been one of the major forces that strengthen our family.

Read the inspiring piece here.

See Craig Teicher’s new collection here!

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