A powerful collection of essays that ruminates on poetry’s profound spiritual and healing possibilities

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Yes, There Will Be Singing brings together Marilyn Krysl’s essays on the origins of language and poetry, poetic form, the poetry of witness, and poetry’s collaboration with the healing arts. Beginning with pieces on her own origins as a poet, she branches into poetry’s profound spiritual and political possibilities, drawing on rich examples from poets such as Anna Akhmatova, W.S. Merwin, and Vénus Khoury-Ghata. Krysl concludes with a selection of stories of her nursing and humanitarian work, powerfully connecting poetic expression with a generous and compassionate worldview.

Marilyn Krysl’s books of poetry and short stories include Warscape with Lovers, winner of the 1997 Cleveland State Poetry Prize, and Dinner with Osama, a collection of short fiction that won Foreword Magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Bronze Medal. As Artist in Residence at Dr. Jean Watson’s Center for Human Caring at the University of Colorado, she wrote Midwife, a collection of poems describing the lives and work of caregivers, and Soulskin, which showcases alternative healers. She has been an ESL teacher in the People’s Republic of China, volunteered as an unarmed bodyguard for Peace Brigade International in Sri Lanka, and tended to the needy at Mother Teresa’s Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying in Calcutta. Additionally, she teaches writing and performs her work at nursing conferences across the United States and abroad.