Shavawn Berry

Shavawn Berry


Writer, teacher, poet, editor, empath, seeker, songbird and, yes, Elton John freak. Seek opportunities to write, blog, rant, confess, interview, research, and illuminate the lives of my subjects.

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North Atlantic Review

Feast of Losses. | North Atlantic Review

How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses? – Layers, Stanley Kunitz

This morning before it was light, I dreamt of doctors cracking open my father’s chest. Candies and small presents poured out of his chest cavity: bits of ribbon, party favors, birthday hats… As I swam between sleeping and waking, the raw gash there flashed images like those from a yellowing newsreel: letters sent home from the South Pacific, a worn army helmet, a velvet bag of Japanese coins, the souvenir hula dancer swiveling her hips and beckoning all passersby…