Written in the morning of the day he died, William Stafford's last poem rattles with augury gilded by a sense of acceptance.
What if you knew you'd be the last to touch someone? Ellen Bass draws us in to the brief moments of contact that fill our day and urges us to consider the fleeting nature of every life we meet.
Billy Collins runs with the folkloric notion that the dead are watching us and pushes the image all the way to a reverie of the departed 'rowing themselves slowly through eternity' in glass-bottomed boats.
I Had a Brother Once is an elegiac and honest account of the devastation of suicide, the senselessness of grief, and the imperatives and difficulties of narrative when a loved one's life is on the page.
A conversation with Adam Mansbach about loss, grief, and the process of writing his new book, I Had a Brother Once, in the form of an epic poem.
T.S. Eliot's epic Four Quartets embodies a mystical vision of human life, time and memory sourced from Christianity and eastern philosophy.
Relationships that defy boundaries: Erika Michael's 'Entanglement' is an ode to her late husband and a poem about love after death.
Written shortly after the death of his daughter, Issa's haiku touches deeply on the heart of the human condition.
Stuart Gunter's poem, The Wind Telephone, engages with one of the more poignant symbols of the thousands of deaths following the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
BY JOCELYN ULEVICUS An errand for her dying mother takes a daughter shopping for underwear.