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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?


Bob Dixon-Kolar, Associate Professor of English at College of DuPage, is

fascinated and moved by poets who feel compelled to address in extended

ways the loss of a loved one.