LETTERS TO THE HOME is a collection of poetry that seeks to explore family, memory, mental health, sexuality, grief, and trauma. The poems, ranging from four lines to one hundred, sliced in parts or told as one, written stream-of-conscious or slowly shaped, tell a story of grief and reconciliation. In these poems, cars almost crash, letters are never sent, odes are composed, and memories are unearthed.
Achingly personal and stripped bare, LETTERS TO THE HOME is a raw examination of what it means to grow up mentally ill; to be “other” in a world that values sameness; to reconcile memory with fact; and, at the center of everything, what it means to lose a sibling.
Michael Gray’s poetry has also been published in Nashville Arts Magazine, Chapter 16, and Stonewall’s Legacy – A Poetry Anthology. You can find two of those here: