Poetry about grief

Sky Burial by Dana Levin
Poetic response to the deaths of her mother, father and sister in a span of a couple of years, these poems explore grief and the myths about death and rituals around death from the gruesome (to Western culture) to the beautiful.

“A New Language” (Indian Country Today)“The Wreckage” (on 200NewMexicoPoems) and “Eclipse: Albuquerque 2012” (Orange Monkey Publishing) by Casandra Lopez

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing edited by Kevin Young
Fantastic collection of poems about loss and mourning including authors:  Elizabeth Alexander, W.H. Auden, Amy Clampitt, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Louise Gluck, Ted Hughes, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Larkin, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Marianne Moore, Sharoln Olds, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, and James Wright.

Big collection of poems online that deal with grief, including selections from W.H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, John Masefield, Rudyard Kipling, Charlotte Bronte, Helen Steiner Rice, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many many more….

Ronan (for Emily Rapp), by David Hernandez

Where Bullet Breaks by Casandra Lopez. Disclaimer: Cassie is a dear friend of mine.  These poems are haunting and brave and a beautiful tribute to her brother.  “I don’t think of these poems as sad poems, but as love poems,” Cassie says.

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