Sally Rosenthal

Peonies in Winter

A Journey Through Loss, Grief, and Healing

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Across My Kitchen Table

Shared only among friends for years,
my poems now travel to strangers.
Not without trepidation, I offer each one
as I would a cup of coffee to a guest,
hoping words will heal broken hearts
while we unravel our webs of grief.

This is a small book for the small hours when we sit alone in the dark or feel as though our grief isolates us. Although we all travel sorrow’s path at some point in our lives, many of us walk that road alone and bewildered, failing to reach out to grasp the waiting hand of a fellow traveler.

In the months following her husband’s sudden death, Sally Rosenthal explored her reactions to loss and came to realize that strength is a synergetic wisdom woven from the love passed on through the examples of relatives and beloved animals. In poems and prose, she shares what she has learned about survival and resilience. Come sit with Sally at her kitchen table and share the journey.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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Sally was interviewed for the Behind Our Eyes podcast. To listen to the interview, click here.

About the Author

Born prematurely in 1952, Sally Rosenthal survived a stroke in infancy and lost her vision slowly from complications of retinopathy of prematurity. She is also, without hearing aids, profoundly deaf due to age–related genetic hearing loss. A former academic librarian and occupational therapist, she now writes for a variety of online and print publications. A vegetarian and staunch animal rights advocate, she lives with her cat, Tamsin, in a large East Coast American city but dreams of waking one morning in a cottage on the north coast of Cornwall.


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