Come on stage and be yourself,
The elegist says to the dead.
Show them Now -after the fact -
What you were meant to be
In her award winning book of poetry, “Elegy,” Mary Jo Bang confronts her pain and grief following the accidental death of her son. This moving story of her journey toward poetic reconnection with her son exudes relevance for teenagers who are typically reluctant to deeply consider their own mortality.
Mary Jo Bang is professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Washington University. Her video is the 31st profile in NewsHour’s ongoing series of contemporary poets, a truly fabulous resource for teachers. Be sure to check out other profiles in these series, funded by the Poetry Foundation.
Mary Jo Bang NewsHour Profile
Mary Jo Bang Examines Grief’s Poetic Form, the Elegy
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NewsHour Poetry Series
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Elegy book and reviews on Amazon