Grief Songs (poems) by Elizabeth Gauffreau

Grief Songs

I’ve gotten in the habit of reading poetry twice. The first time, I begin to get nuances and a sort of orientation about the poet. With Grief Songs I also became acquainted with the Tanka form of poetry, which brings with it a new set of nuances.

That second emersion into the poems, and those winsome photos, is a bittersweet journey through grief over profound losses but also deeply layered family love. Those saddleshoes, that pipe, a dress with smocking–what endearing details. Tears welled up when I resavored the one called “Time.” A very compelling collection.

The Author

Elizabeth Gauffreau

Elizabeth Gauffreau writes fiction and poetry with a strong connection to family and place. She holds a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Curriculum & Assessment for Champlain College Online, where she is an Associate Professor. Her fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines and several themed anthologies. Her debut novel, Telling Sonny, was published by Adelaide Books in 2018. Liz lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire with her husband.


Please check out Elizabeth’s website.

And her Amazon Author Page.




  1. Rereading poetry is such a good idea. I am embarking on that for National Poetry Month. I plan to reread some poems each day. Wonderful review, Joy. And so well deserved by Liz!

  2. I agree with reading twice, Joy. Thanks for this lovely review of Elizabeth’s book. It is well deserved for a fine poetry collection by Liz.

  3. Lovely review! You have captured the ‘heart’ of ‘Grief Songs’ in this review…the details, the ‘deep layers of family love’ embedded throughout the poetry, and the particular style overall. Very good! 🙂

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