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 [Looking up in the dark I thought..."]
Looking up in the dark I thought, Tell me something you’ve never told anyone.
I tried in the closet but the rope broke.
Maybe the relief of conversation, of something almost happening.
The way in the morning, lying on the floor, the light through the blinds cuts my face.
Less than hope: wishing.
How sugar became snow, poured over wet glue on a cardboard roof.
I remember the paper house, hung from a cage hook in my room, swaying.
Not fonder, not fonder—the heart grows stranger.