[Photos by Kaushik]
We intend this section to serve as a space for writings–of all kinds, poems, stories, novels, prayers, memoirs, songs– about love, loss and death.
We welcome contributions and further suggestions for this selection.
Memoirs about the loss of a spouse
“All poetry is about the death of the beloved.”
— Faiz Ahmed Faiz (cited by Donald Hall in The Painted Bed)
- Jeffrey Berman, Companionship in Grief: Love and Loss in the Memoirs of C.S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion (University of Massachussetts, )
- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (1961):
There are quotations from A Grief Observed, here; and here:
and a review of a reprint of the book by Hilary Mantel.
- John Bayley, Elegy for Iris (1998)
- Donald Hall, Without (1998); The Best of Times, the Worst of Times (2005)
You can read one of the poems in Without here.
- Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)
You can read an extract from Didion’s book here.
Poems about love and loss
- Meena Alexander, ‘Deer Park at Sarnath’
- Carmen Bugan: ‘The Fourteenth spring’
- Dina Omar: ‘Chronicles of my Father’s heart’
- Pablo Neruda: ‘100 Sonnets of Pablo Neruda’
Death in the family
James Agee, A Death in the Family (1957)
[Here is an excerpt—and a tribute: http://www.johnthorndike.com/?tag=james-agee]
Mark Slouka, ‘Nobody’s Son’, New Yorker, January 6, 2014, online at: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/nobodys-son
Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night”: at: http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/proud/proud1.html
You can hear the poet reading it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mRec3VbH3w
Roland Barthes, from Camera Lucida
Kaushik Sunder Rajan, ‘Time is out of joint’