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An Evening With CavanKerry Poets

  CavanKerry, a not-for-profit literary press, aims to expand the reach of poetry to a general readership by publishing works that explore the emotional and psychological landscapes of everyday life. Come enjoy recent work by publisher and poet Joan Cusack Handler, “…whose verse memoir,…

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GoodReads Review of Orphans by Molly Peacock

Molly rated 5 Stars – It was amazing Joan Cusack Handler’s parents are so vivid in this memoir that they fly off the page. How often in a daughter’s memoir—here a memoir of her Irish Catholic parents, new to New York and bringing up a…

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East Hampton Local Publishes Heartfelt Verse Memoir

Sep 5, 2016 11:45 AM Anisah Abdullah   No one is taught how to cope with the death of a loved one, arguably the most emotionally painful experience in one’s life. After Joan Cusack Handler’s parents died, she decided to explore the aftermath in…

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Publisher Profile / CavanKerry Press

A review by ForeWord Reviews Orphans Reviewed by Matt Sutherland May 27, 2016 From the founder of CavanKerry Press, this delightful memoir in verse bears witness to a complicated family history of Ireland’s Troubles, devout Catholicism, fierce maternal strength, aging, death, bitterness, and love….

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Gray Jacobik reviews Orphans

Top Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars A Successful and Engaging Integration of Poetry and the Lyric Memoir By Gray Jacobik on July 13, 2016 I’ve read and re-read “Orphans” and much of it keeps coming back to me whenever I’m walking or…

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Rain Taxi Review of Books reviews Orphans

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  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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In Response to “In the Dry Months”: A Review of Orphans

I posted this East Hampton Star review last week. What follows is my response to a question raised in the first paragraph (I’ve included it below) which ultimately concerns all of us and I’d love to hear your thoughts. While it is a truth that…

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A Guest Post for Girl Who Reads

An Unexamined Life Stage by Joan Cusack Handler, Ph. D.| April 18, 2016 I’ve been a psychologist in clinical practice for more than 30 years. Not surprisingly, I’m also a writer who focuses on the emotional and psychological underpinnings of human experience. Committed to…

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The East Hampton Star

In The Dry Months By Lucas Hunt| June 23, 2016 – 11:58am Joan Cusack Handler Here I am, an old man in a dry month, Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain. — from “Gerontion” by T.S. Eliot While it is a…

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CHALLENGES AND EVOLUTIONS IN ORPHANS

Now that Orphans is published and no longer mine alone, I’m feeling a bit lonely. I don’t have my ‘baby’ to tend to anymore (and that truly is a loss after so many months/(years!!) of obsessing,) and I certainly don’t have my next project…

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