Obituary Erasures

ISSN: 1533 2063
FALL 2018
A note about the text:

Recently, in attempting to find ways to cope with deaths of two friends who died from overdosing, I took to their obituaries for comfort. Oddly, I didn’t find comfort through these blocks of writings at all. The block of text which should hold a lot of weight seems to mean nothing as a block of words/facts. I found myself distraught over the flat block of text, the bland words, the matter-of-fact language that didn’t give merit or voices to those gone, the loss to be felt with such life that should have gone on, a life without many years to fully hang an homage through obituary onto—Eric’s and Alex’s lives were especially significant to me. These were twenty-something men who created happiness and light for everyone they touched, as the original obituaries note, but fail to mention how these shimmering energies are real-life examples of “only the good die young.” I felt this was not expressed enough in the obituaries—I couldn’t understand what these texts were trying to tell me. These erasures were a process to make clearer meaning out of stasis, to find hidden beauty in the process of decay.

KRISTIANE WEEKS-ROGERS grew up around Lake Michigan and now lives in Colorado. She earned her MA at Indiana University and her MFA at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where she instructs as an adjunct for the BA program. She is the 2nd place winner of Casa Cultural de las Americas and University of Houston's inaugural Poetic Bridges 2017 contest, with a chapbook titled Become Skeletons forthcoming.