Joan Cusack HandlerIn her verse memoir Orphans, Joan Cusack Handler tackles the big subjects – family history, aging parents, Irish Catholicism, belief and unbelief, and her own impending mortality – with a fierce, wrenching fearlessness.

—Elizabeth Spires, poet

A hauntingly moving and honest collection, Joan Cusack Handler captures intimate experiences of love and loss and love again…Digging deep into her soul, she creatively transforms conscious and unconscious moments into luminous poetry.

—Bonnie Zindel
Literary Editor, Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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Rain Taxi Review of Books reviews Orphans


  Orphans is now up in the Summer 2016 Online Edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books. Read the review below….. ORPHANS Joan Cusack Handler CavanKerry Press ($18) by James Naiden This collection of poems is an extended elegy to Joan Cusack Handler’s parents,…

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  • Orphans
  • Confessions of Joan the Tall
  • GlOrious
  • The Red Canoe: Love In Its Making
  • The Waiting Room Reader: Stories To Keep You Company, Vol.1
  • The Breath Of Parted Lips: Voices From The Robert Frost Place, Vol.1.

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