My Mother Contemplates What to Wear in Her Casket


Your father says to put him in a plain black suit.

But me, I want to be in that dress

I wore to Linda’s wedding. Remember?

The peachy-beige one with sparkles

on the jacket. I’d like to get more wear

out of it. And the thing about beige is

it could work for any season.

Unless it’s ten years from now—

then who knows what’ll be in?

Leona wanted to go out in red. And she did.

But I’ve always been more of an earth tone type.

And beige goes with everything.



Photo By: ForgottenGenius


About Author

Karen Kovacik is the author of several collections of poetry, including Metropolis Burning, Beyond the Velvet Curtain and Nixon and I. Her work as a poet and translator has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, a fellowship in literary translation from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland for her translations of contemporary Polish poetry. In 2013, her booklength translation of Agnieszka Kuciak’s Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist appeared from White Pine Press, and in 2014, her anthology of Polish women poets, Calling Out to Yeti, is also forthcoming from White Pine. She served as Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

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