Not sure when I've read a more amazing story than this one of Victoria Ford who grew up in Memphis, part of the political Ford family.
Click on this link to read it in today's New York Times. And there's also a link to one of the poems by the winner of a $10,000 scholarship and a Scholastic Art and Writing Award, an honor previously won by Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and Sylvia Plath.
Here's a bit of her poem. You can read it all here.
To a Restless Little Brother Calling for Mama in His Sleep
You may not understand this now, but she isn’t coming back. Not tonight. Not tomorrow. Day after that. And no, she hasn’t left anything behind — a sticky note on the refrigerator door or a quick message for the answering machine, her voice a distant echo calling your name and mine. Nothing.