Jamie Lynn Buehner is the author of Dessert Poems (Binge Press, 2012) and Catalpa. Her recent work appears in pioneertown., Sleet Magazine, The Midwest Quarterly, and the Wisconsin Review. She lives in Juneau, Alaska.
To my twenty-year-old self who still doesn’t understand Emily Dickinson poems: find the white Oldsmobile with its velvet seats and smooth door. Drive with your grandmother to take a meal to the house of the blind man, the strings all over his house like a complicated web. Rest one arm on the hot metal corners of their meals, the other out the window. Between what happens…this is the place you should dwell. It is not Death, you can still stand. Fix the gap by filling the thing that caused it. All the dead are already lying down.