Allison Benis White is the author of Please Bury Me in This (Four Way Books, 2017) and Small Porcelain Head (Four Way Books, 2013). She teaches at the University of California, Riverside, and lives in Irvine, California.
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from Please Bury Me in This [I am writing to you...]
I am writing to you as an act of ending.
Cutting faces out of paper and folding them in envelopes like thoughts.
Am I a monster, Clarice Lispector asked in The Hour of the Star, or is this what it means to be human?
To be alive, I think as I cut another face.
What makes the shape become visible, and breathe, is the angle and variation of absence.
Sugar skull, I whisper, what I have known all along.
I am you gone.