Edward Hirsch on Transforming Grief Into Poetry

At NPR, Edward Hirsch gives an interview about his new book, Gabriel, which is about the death of his son. Hirsch talks about channeling his grief into poetry, discusses how we pressure people to heal and move on, and shares some of the poems from his book.
Poetry takes courage because you have to face things and you try to articulate how you feel. I don't like the whole language of healing, which seems to me so false. As soon as something happens to us in America, everyone begins talking about healing. But before you heal, you have to mourn. And I found that poetry doesn't shield you from grief, but it does give you an expression of that grief. And trying to express it, trying to articulate it, seemed like something I could do. And it gave me something to do with my grief. ...
There is no right way to grieve and you have to let people grieve in the way that they can. One of the things that happens to everyone who is grief-stricken, who has lost someone, is there comes a time when everyone else just wants you to get over it, but of course you don't get over it. You get stronger; you try and live on; you endure; you change; but you don't get over it. You carry it with you.
Read the full interview