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.