memento mori
by Kathleen Hellen

oblivion, the cruelest place to be — line adapted from Gregory Orr in this museum of the catastrophic, this gallery of specimens… I pet the filaments of beard, smooth his eyebrows, ask the floor nurse who calls him by his name —beloved— for ruff, for part that won’t decay after his passing. That top-knot of … Continue reading memento mori
by Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of The Only Country was the Color of My Skin, the award-winning collection Umberto’s Night, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Massachusetts … Continue reading Kathleen Hellen