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2 February 2007 | Vol. 6, No. 4

Elegy for Lee

I'd forgotten how the skull

shows through, towards the end;

how they were right,

those medieval artists,

to draw death

as a skeleton;

how death does not come

from the outside,

but how death is already inside us.

In the midst of life

we are in the midst of death.

And now she is ash,

and now her bones are ash,

and now your breath

is ash, and the skull

and the skull

and the skull.

About the author:

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. The recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is currently a Chancellor's Fellow at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He teaches literature at Hunter College.



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