Poetry's quality of sustaining its readers and writers is of interest in the life of the free jazz bassist Henry Grimes, who died recently at 84 of complications related to the coronavirus. After playing no music for 30 years, he returned to a successful musical career in 2003, according to his obituary in The Washington Post. In his thirty years' absence from music, he read and wrote poetry, reciting his poems, and publishing a volume of poems.
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.