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 [In the museum of sadness...]
In the museum of sadness, in the museum of light—
I would climb so carefully inside the glass coffin and lower the lid.
Do you think the saying is true: when someone dies, a library burns down?
Maybe just a sentence, scratched slowly on the lid, Say what you mean.