Death of a Student

And so this dark summer begins and ends

with a white coffin borne by a limo

to the city of headstones, lowered into earth

amid the groans of ropes and relatives

and the fierce tremolo of adolescent regret.

–excerpt from “Death of a Student” in Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective, Chicago 2013). First published in JAMA.

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