These four poets have written book-length elegies about the death of a
beloved: Donald Hall, about his wife, poet Jane Kenyon; Tess Gallagher, about
her husband, the writer Raymond Carver; Edward Hirsch, about his son Gabriel;
Naomi Shihab Nye, about her father, journalist Aziz Shihab. To be in mourning
over the death of a loved one is to view the world differently, at least for a time--
perhaps for a long time, perhaps forever. What can poets teach us about facing
hard losses and the process of grieving?
Dixon-Kolar, Bob, "The World Without: Seeing Grief Through Poets' Eyes" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 53.