Grief Land

Grief Land


Carrie Shipers


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In Grief Land Carrie Shipers explores the paradoxical nature of bereavement as both a universal human experience and an intensely personal one. The poems interrogate and dismiss common notions of loss and recovery through a series of letter-poems—to authors who have written about grief, to the speaker’s dead husband, and to a society that believes it has the right to dictate how a widow should feel and act. The collection explores living with grief without being consumed by it and how to emerge into a new life.


Carrie Shipers:
Carrie Shipers is the author of Family Resemblances: Poems (UNM Press), Cause for Concern, and Ordinary Mourning. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, Prairie Schooner, the Southern Review, and other journals.