Check out After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, a collection edited by my pal Tom Lombardo.
from the website:
152 poems written by 115 poets from 15 nations. including:
Three U.S. Poets Laureate
A Pulitzer Prize Winner
A Whitbread Book of the Year winner
A Whitbread Poetry Award winner
Two Lannan Award winners
Two Forward Prize winners
"Dunn and Hall are included here, writing about the deaths of their wives; Thomas Lux with a take on the daily routines of divorce; William Stafford on the death of his son Bret; Rita Dove on her foray into ballroom dancing as an act of recovery.
But there is also the novelist Molly Gloss, in her first published poems, writing about the death of her husband, and Major Jackson meditating upon the passing of a friend and mentor, and Brian Turner’s stunning poems from the Iraq war show even in their horror the seeds of his recovery, while Pam Bernard and Stellasue Lee write about their fathers and how they dealt long-term with their experiences in the world wars."