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ANTIPHON FOR THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD by William Kelley Woolfitt

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AFTER SAMSON BURNS HER FAMILY’S HOUSE AND GRAIN-FIELDS by William Kelley Woolfitt

Two ruined bodies, galena-black, tar-black,
charred flakes of cloth, countenances gone.
No ears, or eyes, or lips. Father, sister, offered
to a god, fat and gorged, that I deplore;
hands folded at the breastbone, as if fire
was a balm that soothed, gave them repose;
no hair to dress, no skin to wash and stroke.

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ANTIPHON FOR THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD by William Kelley Woolfitt

a powder box and swans-down puff
her limp stocking, a green satin fan
spangled with dragonflies, curling-tongs
small muslin bags, a pumice stone

bits of skin, cut-glass bottles, cuticle
knife, a darner, nail powder, sealing wax

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