Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 103–106 | Cite as

Poetic Resources

  • Gen Giebel Chavis


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A selected list of mourning poems

  1. Anderson, T. (1979). “Alone After Sixty Years.” Speaking in sign. MA: West End Press. (Box 697, Cambridge, MA 02139). (An elderly widower’s experience of loss.)Google Scholar
  2. Dine, C. (1984, Summer). “Memory.” Poets on: Regrets, 8, 2 (Box 255, Chaplin, CT 06235). (Guilt in the mourning process.)Google Scholar
  3. Eberhart, R. (1984). “At Night.” Strings: A gathering of family poems. Ed. Paul B. Janeczko. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press (Grief and acceptance of parents’ death.)Google Scholar
  4. Fischer, M.L. (1978) “To Dad.” A golden asterisk in time. Ed. Verse Writers’ Guild of Ohio. Columbus: Avonelle Associates. (Mourning the loss of father.)Google Scholar
  5. Friebert, S. “My Father’s Heart.” Strings: A gathering of family poems. (Son mourning a father’s death.)Google Scholar
  6. Hemschemeyer, J. “My Mother’s Death.” Strings: A gathering of family poems. (The pain of grief.)Google Scholar
  7. Justice, D. (1983). “Sonnet to My Father.” Divided light Father and son poems. Ed. Jason Shinder. NY: Sheep Meadow Press. (A son to a dying father.)Google Scholar
  8. Kavanaugh, J. (1979). “Did I Tell You?” Walk easy on the earth. NY: Dutton. (Sadness over a loving father’s death.)Google Scholar
  9. Kottler, D.B. (1979). “List for My Father.” The Selby-Lake bus., MN: Lake Street Review Press. Minneapolis. (Memories in the grieving process.)Google Scholar
  10. Kottler, D.B. “Miscarriage.” The Selby-Lake bus. (Mourning the loss of an unborn child.)Google Scholar
  11. Lawrence, D.H. (1971). “Bereavement” (1910–1911). The complete poems of D.H. Lawrence. Eds. Vivian de Sola Pinto & Warren Roberts. NY Viking. (Son grieving over mother’s death)Google Scholar
  12. Meynell, A. (1923). “Maternity.” The poems of Alice Meynell (Complete Edition). NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons. (Losing an infant and the role of motherhood.)Google Scholar
  13. Moore, H. (1978). From “Mourning Pictures.” Tangled Vines: A collection of mother and daughter poems. Ed. Lyn Lifshin. Boston: Beacon Press. (Grief for a dying mother.)Google Scholar
  14. Oles, C. (1976). “Brother at One Week.” New poets: Women: An anthology. Ed. Terry Wetherby. Millbrae, CA: Les Femmes. (Death of a sibling.)Google Scholar
  15. Oliver, M. “Poems for My Father’s Ghost.” Strings. (Facing a father’s death.)Google Scholar
  16. Pastan, L. (1978). “The Five Stages of Grief.” The five stages of Grief. NY: Norton. (Mourning the loss of a spouse.)Google Scholar
  17. Richman, N. “Poem to Help My Father.” Strings. (Daughter feeling helpless with her dying father.)Google Scholar
  18. St. John, D. (1984). “Hush-For My Son.” Hush. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins. (A father grieving over a son.)Google Scholar
  19. Sarton, M. (1961). “After Four Years.” Cloud, stone, sun, vine: Poems, selected and new. NY: Norton. (Coming to terms with mother’s death.)Google Scholar
  20. Sarton, M. “My Father’s Death.” Cloud, stone, sun, vine. (Loneliness and acceptance.)Google Scholar
  21. Shaw, J.B. (1978). “Burial Day.” Dowry. Columbia, MI: Univ. of Missouri Press. (On the death of an old woman.)Google Scholar
  22. Shaw, J.B. “For the Other Son.” Dowry. (Mourning a stillborn baby.)Google Scholar
  23. Winner, R. “Elegy.” Divided light Father and son Poems. (A son’s memory of a deceased father.)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gen Giebel Chavis
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  1. 1.The College of St. CatherineSt. PaulUSA

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