Magical Thinking


To the Editor:


Robert Pinsky’s perceptive

review of “The Year

of Magical Thinking,”

by Joan Didion (Oct.9),

illuminated poetry’s

propitious power to assist

the infinite process

of mourning.


Poetry comprehended

and poetry created

by the bereaved

is itself magic.


― appeared in Letters, Sunday New York Times Book Review, Oct. 30, 2005