Synopses & Reviews
Time of Grief is an anthology of poems divided into forty-nine days of mourning: "forty-nine days of mourning: reflecting a period of grieving as observed in Buddhist and Judaic traditions. Each day’s reading consists of one or more poems by some of the world’s most celebrated poets from diverse cultures and centuries, from classical times to today. Seventy-five writers from over twenty countries confront illness, loss, love lost, death and mortality, through moving requiems and lamentations, elegies and eulogies. Reaffirming poetry’s ancient and intimate link with ritual, this collection opens up a calendrical, spiritual space for readers to experience bereavement as a means toward transformation.
"Time of Grief exemplifies how death might be treated with steadiness and reserve, for it is undoubtedly a value that stretches out from us into the twilight fields of the past and will no doubt extend beyond us far into a future we will never know." World Literature Today
Time of Grief: Mourning Poems presents a wide-ranging selection of poets from classical to modern times writing on themes of grief and loss, death and mourning.
About the Author
Jeffrey Yang is the poetry editor for New Directions. He is the author of the poetry books Vanishing-Line (Fall 2011) and An Aquarium (Graywolf Press), and the translator of Su Shi's East Slope (Ugly Duckling Presse). Yang is the co-editor with Natasha Wimmer of the annual journal-anthology of world literature Two Lines: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal. He lives in Beacon, New York.