Sandra M. Gilbert


The title of this collection—at times mournful, sardonic, and joyous—refers to the grief in the wake of loss. Yet these poems aren't just about the consequences of loss but also about the complex experiences of endurance, acquiescence, and rebirth that, with luck, mark the aftermath of sorrow.

Skill and passion intersect in this treasure house of a book. Gilbert's deft sonnets illuminate a wide range of subjects from 'the long-gone picnic-perfect days' to the deeply moving poems that elegize her mathematician lover

- Maxine Kumin

These are haunted and haunting poems. They catalog griefs, they make an elegy for parts of the past. But what surprises at every turn is the music, the craft and the beautiful discipline that renders grief into meaning, and heals loss with language. A wonderful collection.

- Eavan Boland

Sandra Gilbert is one of our finest poets of the sensual joys and physical/​metaphysical tragedies of contemporary life. She is a superb elegist, whose elegies nonetheless overflow with the brilliant detail of human survival. She is also among the best American writers of the sonnet. And this is one of her best books.

- Marilyn Hacker

Selected Works


"Skill and passion intersect in this treasure house of a book." -Maxine Kumin

“Sandra Gilbert’s poems are beautifully situated at the intersection of craft and feeling. Belongings is a stellar collection by a virtuoso with heart.” —Billy Collins
Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969-1999

“Richly patterned poems by one of America’s finest poets.”
-Virginia Quarterly Review
Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

"Gilbert practices a criticism that is careful, precise and methodical in its execution and radically, almost joyfully, revisionist in its intention" -The Washignton Post
On Burning Ground: Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry

"The essays assembled in On Burning Ground display Gilbert's astonishing range and explore poetics, personal identity, feminism, and modern and contemporary literature."
Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve

". . . brilliantly combines literary and cultural criticism with the intimacy of memoir."
-Joyce Carol Oates
". . . a sensitive and sensible masterpiece."
-Starred Review Library Journal
Wrongful Death: A Memoir
“An enduring contribution to the literature of grief.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A kind of medical detective story.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer
Poetry anthology
Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies
A collection of poetic responses to loss - both consolation and inspiration to any reader.