Please Bury Me in This by Allison Benis White was selected as Publishers Weekly’s Book of the Week.
Please Bury Me in This by Allison Benis White is the winner of the 2018 UNT Rilke Prize.
Please Bury Me in This by Allison Benis White is the Foreword INDIES 2017 Silver Winner for Poetry.
Please Bury Me in This
Allison Benis White
Please Bury Me in This is a series of letters. The speaker 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.
from Please Bury Me in This:
Dear Kitty, Dear God, Dear Lucifer. I cut my hair off this morning, placed the long blond braid in an envelope. There is only one arc: suffering, transformation. Dear Linda, Sexton wrote to her daughter on a flight to St. Louis, I love you. In other words, these words, their spectacular lack.