In 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.
Literary Editor, Psychoanalytic Perspectives
Note to Reader: As a licensed psychologist, I strictly adhere to the ethics of confidentiality; therefore, I do not use/make reference to any patient/client information in the pieces I write. The only data I use to explore these psychological issues is my own. The Roadblocks to Intimacy…