This Broke My Heart

Suicide runs in families, but Sylvia Plath's son Nicholas Hughes had apparently made a successful life for himself outside the glare of his mother's myth. Now, suffering from depression, he has committed suicide. A specialist in river ecology and fish, he was a respected biologist in Alaska. "On a memorial page . . .  Lauren Tuori wrote of Mr. Hughes, recalling how he would often 'seek out a larch tree in a forest of spruce'.” [More commentary here.]

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Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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