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Uncategorized Archives - Page 2 of 4 - Joan Cusack Handler

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Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust, Part I

    The Ambivalent Mother   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…

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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


  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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