"Long Distance II," by English poet Tony Harrison, explores the pain and power of grief. The speaker at first seems incredulous at his father's inability to accept his mother's death; years after she'd died, his father's life still revolved around her, as if she might at any moment return. Though the speaker initially struggled with his father's irrational behavior, he admits that, now that his father himself has died, he still calls his disconnected phone number from time to time. In this way, the poem suggests that denial is a normal part of grieving the loss of a loved one. "Long Distance II" was published in Harrison's 1981 poetry collection, Continuous: 50 Sonnets from The School of Eloquence (an expansion of his 1978 collection, From the School of Eloquence and Other Poems).