Kevin Young | Official website | Books and Anthologies by Kevin YoungTonight at Open Books , Kari Hilwig and I will offer — and invite — poems in response to grief, illness and healing. Let me say that these are books that have been personally meaningful. I offer this as a starting place for those who may be looking for poems to accompany, to perhaps even carry them, through grief or illness. What books have been useful for you? Lucia Perillo. Stanley Kunitz with Genine Lentine. This is the good news: since loss is an inextricable part of our human condition, it has been a central concern of poetry since earliest times.
Rob Gibsun - "On Grief & Healing" (IWPS 2015)
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