It was with the heaviest heart that I had to bid farewell to my cousin Denise this past Friday. My cousin, my dear friend, my poetry collaborator, and the sister I never had departed this earth in the early morning hours.
The world is a colder and darker place, suddenly.
I will be reposting some of Denise's work on our poetry blog "the lost beat" for a while, and her husband Todd is going to try to get me some of her latest poems, and I will be sure to publish them as soon as we can. She had a couple of notebooks full of new poetry, and was writing in the hospital right up to the end.
Please keep her dear, loving, and devoted husband Todd in your prayers. Her funeral will be this Thursday in Racine, Wisconsin. If you need information regarding time and place, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I am in agony over losing her. I know that many of you loved her poetry, and more importantly, loved her. She was truly one of a kind, and one of the sweetest and most genuine human beings I have ever known. Her poetry was wonderful, and as she told me just a short time ago, it seems, she had "not quite hit her stride yet" as a poet - it was only getting better.
I will have more information and reposts of her work on our blog, as well as links to her soundcloud account, where you can listen to her reading her own works. A true treasure.
Please keep our family in your prayers, and please keep reading. That is what Denise would like, I think I am safe in saying.
May her memory be eternal.