Tag Archives: suicide

T. S. Eliot, Hope for the Suicidal

In a guest post, novelist Lauren B. Davis draws on Eliot’s “Waste Land” and “Four Quartets” to deal with the suicides of her two brothers and find a way forward.

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Robin Williams Made Poetry Cool

Robin Williams gave us one of cinema’s greatest depictions of a literature teacher.

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Poetry, a Lifeline for the Desperate

In Lee Chang Dong’s “Poetry,” an old woman poetry as a way to address the overwhelming challenges of her life.

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Unspeakable: A Father’s Suicide

Yesterday independent filmmaker Sally Heckel visited St. Mary’s and showed us her most recent film, Unspeakable.  Sally is most known for Jury of Her Peers, which was an Oscar nominee in the dramatic live-action short category.    As powerful as Jury of Her Peers is, I like Unspeakable even better. The film is about the suicide of her […]

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Why Didn’t Poetry Save Neil from Suicide?

Yesterday I wrote about how Dead Poets Society, despite its support for poetry, still doesn’t give poetry enough credit and that Keating is the coin side of J. Evans Pritchard.  Whereas Pritchard wants to graph literary excellence on a Cartesian plane, Keating (at least in the scenes we see, which are all we have to […]

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