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Our Dead by Charles T. Rogers
published in Volume 3, Issue 2 on February 29th, 1996

We do not bury our dead,
the man says,
but prop them up, in suits,
in parlors and cocktail bars
and build them shrines
photographs of family and
a lonesome stench,
formaldehyde and caviar.

he's right, i have seen them,
sessile and waxen,
suffocated under layers
of airless sky.

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