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Please Bury Me in This
Allison Benis White




Four Way
2017 • 72 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-83-3



A series of letters on the death of the speaker’s father that investigate loss and language’s limits and ability to transcend our temporal lives

The speaker in Please Bury Me in This grieves the death of her father and the loss of several women to suicide while contemplating her own death and the nature of language as a means of human connection that transcends our temporal lives. This book is also concerned with the intergenerational trauma of the children of Holocaust survivors.

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Reviews / Endorsements



“Allison Benis White is a poet driven by duende, what Frederico García Lorca called ‘the true struggle…’”—Idra Novey

“. . . Her delicate and elegant furor scribendi reads like a lucid dream in which mortality—the wonder of it, as well as it attendant terrors—is made palpable. . . . This book haunts.”—Amy Newman

“. . . Please Bury Me in This is, again, in White’s compelling words, ‘the softest howl.’”—Lynn Emanuel

“. . . Haunting and resonant, these images all fall perfectly, exactly where they’re needed, building up into a whole that extends far beyond this extraordinary book.”—Cole Swensen

From the Book:

Like a string of glass beads wrapped several times around my neck.

When I close my eyes, I can only imagine blindness as darkness, death
as not thinking.

I am writing you this letter.

I am trying to understand sentences as paintings of windows in the
room where I'm alive.



ALLISON BENIS WHITE is the author of Small Porcelain Head, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. Her first book, Self-Portrait with Crayon, received the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Book Prize. Allison is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside.



Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:57:28 -0500