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Losing Norm

Jean Katz


Bombshelter Press, 2012 38pp

ISBN: 978-0-941017-01-5

Jean Katz writes about the death of her husband of 54 years in this collection of direct, heartfelt poetry which she hopes "will help others who will experience their own passage of a loved one."

The Author

Jean Katz
Born in Iowa, Jean now lives in Los Angeles, California. She works as a consultant with school districts and non-profit organizations, facilitating organizational planning. Her poetry and essays have been published in ONTHEBUS, Spillway, Rattle, Writing for Your Life, The American Rabbi, The Journal of Learning Disabilities, The Journal of Career Educators, Inflections, and FutureSearching. In 1979-80 she co-founded the Los Angeles Very Special Arts Festival at the Music Center, celebrating the performing and visual arts skills of children and adults with disabilities.


This book can be a source of help and comfort for anyone facing illness and loss of a loved one. With a keen eye and a loving heart Jean Katz takes us with her into that challenging territory through her poetry. Her poems are accessible, inspiring and intriguing. She compares herself to an acrobat, an immigrant in a strange country and one of Harlow’s monkeys. Above all she is an honest guide and a poet who makes us feel less alone.

Sarah Moskovitz, Ph.D.

Jean Katz has given us a collection of poems that celebrate her long-term marital relationship, poems that move and inspire, poems that, as a psychotherapist, I have given to my clients in grief as a part of their healing process. Her poems offer to everyone a lesson in love and devotion, and a lesson in the art of poetry.

Laurie Brooks Jefferson, MFT

When a therapy client or a friend loses a loved one, I want to do something useful but I don’t want to blurt out the wrong words or do anything that feels not quite right. That's why I am extremely pleased that Jean Katz, a wonderful writer and an amazing human being, has put together such perfect words and wisdom for gently healing a heart that is in pain. We are lucky that her personal experience and her poetic gifts can help us walk this particular path that is so hard to describe. This is a short and profound book I will read many times now and in the future, one that I can give comfortably to people I care about who are going through one of life’s toughest challenges.

Leonard Felder, Ph.D.