The Art of Losing

The Art of Losing

Poems of Grief and Healing

Book - 2010
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Poems about the various stages of grief, with 150 selections from a variety of 20th-21st century poets.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, c2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781608194667
9781608190331
1608190331
Characteristics: xxiv, 311 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Young, Kevin 1970-

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goldenbeetle
Aug 26, 2019

"What the point of forgetting//if it's followed by dying?" - "A song" by Joseph Brodsky

'The Art of Losing Poems of Grief and Healing' edited by Kevin Young consists a compilations of poems following the grieving process hat follows Reckoning, Regret, Remembrance, and Ritual. These wry portrayals of coping in all encompassing emotions (anger, hope(lessness), optimism...) that connect anyone and everyone through the notions of life provides the only comfort knowing our experiences with loss are unique to us but also what also serves to show we are all or will be going through the same experience of death. This book is evidence to our lives and life that we will come to Recovery and Redemption.

"I wanted to marry you like the light//And then forget you like the dark. I wanted to promise you something,//then give you//A thousand times what I'd promised, then take it away, Then give it back again." - "Letter From God" by Ruth L. Schwartz.
Whenever we blink we are shown darkness though it's a neutral and unimposing state that we are in and like light...people are figures that give us a way into a new day. It's only when time passes that we are in the dark again and light is (temporarily) forgotten. We remain bound to light nevertheless, which is where we make limitless promises because our relationship is out of devotion and, assumingly, love.

Out of love, maybe, comes the reason why we are unable to forget or "marry" our losses.

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m_ms_uk
Aug 14, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it.
What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it.
I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief?
Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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