A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Hilbert has published several poetry collections, including Transforming Matter, Gravity: New & Selected Poems, Traveler in Paradise, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, The Green Season, Feathers and Dust, Mansions, and Deep Red. Her work is the subject of a short film, Grief Becomes Me, and is included in a documentary of the same name about her life and work. She lives and works in Long Beach, California.
These poems by Hilbert reach for something else, something beyond grief. Her grief finds relief in memory and in life, and she understands that grief happens because the human experience also allows us to love, and love deeply. Threnody is a circular work, showing us that love leads to grief leads to love.