By Jennifer Campbell
If all goes the way it should, you’ll never have to craft a letter to your organ donor’s family thanking them for such a sacrifice. You won’t hesitate, choosing the right pen, or cross out a word too pushy, presumptuous. You won’t doubt your penmanship, writing with the slow drawl of clarity, crafting curls of question marks, sad slants of syllables, wondering what is too close to heart to mention. You’d never consider sending an email. Some words only show in ink or blood. The family will smile over your forty-something wedding anniversary, all the grandkids you have the strength to enjoy – only three degrees of separation in your small town. If all goes the way I want, my child, you won’t have to find a forever stamp to mail care of, fiddle with the sticky appliqués of loss. You won’t need to write that letter. But you should know how. JENNIFER CAMPBELL will join poet Ruth Thompson in an informal book launch for her new collection “Supposed to Love” (Saddle Road Press) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as a part of this month’s Just Buffalo Literary Café at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. She is a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters magazine, co-host of the Center for Inquiry/Just Buffalo Literary Café reading series and an English professor at Erie Community College-North, where she received the 2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and the President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Growth in 2009. Her first collection of poems, “Driving Straight Through” was published by Foothills Press in 2008.