- Marie Howe – Death, the last visit
Marie Howe's different, highly sexual vision of transitioning out of life through a double-take on 'la petite morte,' the experience of orgasm as 'a little death.'
- John O’Donohue – Beannacht / Blessing
This beautiful poem by John O'Donohue, whose title means 'Goodbye', is addressed as a blessing for his mother, Josie.
- Emily Dickinson – I Died for Beauty, But Was Scarce…
Emily Dickinson's allegorical reflection on the relationship between beauty and truth.
- Tishani Doshi – Hope is the Thing
Tishani Doshi's poem pays homage to a twelve-year-old girl who died of exhaustion last year during the Covid-19 lockdown.
- Anne Hillman – We Look With Uncertainty
Hillman's poem about uncertainty and regeneration acknowledges the vulnerability of human existence 'which is every moment / at the brink of death', standing, waiting, 'learning to love.'