Spring 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 2 Poetry |

Like Lavrinia

Like Lavrinia Merli, in 1890 in Mojola, Mantua, expired from hysteria and placed in a vault on Thursday, July 3rd, where she regained consciousness, tore at the graves clothes her peasant husband had just smoothed around her seven-month pregnant belly, and where she turned over and gave birth but was not discovered until Saturday— both mother and newborn then really dead; like George Hefdecker of Erie, Pennsylvania, a farmer, who upon suffering a heart attack in 1889, was temporarily buried until the purchase of a plot and was unearthed four days later with his fingers so bitten off his hands no longer looked human; like Mr. Oppelt, a wealthy manufacturer in Rudenberg whose vault, unsealed fifteen years after his death, was found to contain a skeleton seated in the corner, the coffin lid off; like the gendarme in 1889, dead-drunk on potato brandy, whose banging in the coffin caused the sexton to bore holes though the Frenchman had by then mutilated his head in a

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Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s tenth collection of poetry Foreign Bodies will be out in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York.

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