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Jennifer Michael Hecht
Jennifer Michael Hecht

is a poet, philosopher, and historian. Her books include Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Doubt: A History, and Who Said.

“History”

by Jennifer Michael Hecht

From The Next Ancient World Even Eve, the only soul in all of time to never have to wait for love, must have leaned some sleepless nights alone against the garden wall and wailed, cold, stupefied, and wild and wished to trade-in all of Eden to have but been a child. In fact, I gather […]

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“History”

“No, I Would Not Leave You If You Suddenly Found God”

by Jennifer Michael Hecht

From The Next Ancient World Praise wild dancing in the kitchen. Praise sitting and talking to the doctor. Praise phone calls from my sister. Praise phone calls from you, a little drunk, leaning toward me. Praise old lovers who show up when they are needed. Praise our mothers, safe in another state. Praise my apartment […]

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“No, I Would Not Leave You If You Suddenly Found God”

“No Hemlock Rock” (don’t kill yourself)

by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads her poem compelling people to resist death and stay in this world.

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“No Hemlock Rock” (don’t kill yourself)

“Men Wept”

by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads her poem “Men Wept”

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“Men Wept”

The Absurd Courage of Choosing to Live

by Jennifer Michael Hecht

To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.

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The Absurd Courage of Choosing to Live