The Art of Losing

Kevin Young

Poetry serves a singular function in our lives, distilling human expertise and emotion right down to truths as potent as they’re temporary. There are two occasions most individuals flip to it: for love and loss. Though collections of affection poetry abound, there are only a few anthologies for the grieving. In The Artwork of Shedding, editor Kevin Younger Kevin Younger has launched and chosen 150 devastatingly lovely poems that embrace the ache and heartbreak of mourning. Divided into 5 sections (Reckoning, Remembrance, Rituals, Restoration, and Redemption), with poems by a few of our most beloved poets in addition to the most effective of the present era of poets, The Artwork of Shedding is the perfect a present for a liked one in a time of want and to be used by ministers, rabbis, and palliative care employees who are likely to those that are experiencing loss. Among the many poets included: Elizabeth Alexander, W.H. Auden, Amy Clampitt, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Louise Gluck, Ted Hughes, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Larkin, Li-Younger Lee, Philip Levine, Marianne Moore, Sharon Olds Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Wealthy, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, and James Wright.