Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Poem and Podcast: “What I Can’t Tell My Son"

Sharon Foley's podcast Journey Daily with a Compelling Poem features a poem that she reads and discusses.

The podcast recently featured Maria Gillan's poem “What I Can’t Tell My Son,” (from The Silence in an Empty House, New York Quarterly Books). This is a poem that deals with children growing up and moving away, which is a change that can be painful for parents and children.

Listen to the poem and Sharon's thought about it at

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her artist's website is and her poetry website is

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