For Weeks After the Funeral

By Andrea Hollander b. 1947 Andrea Hollander
The house felt like the opera,
the audience in their seats, hushed, ready,
but the cast not yet arrived.

And if I said anything
to try to appease the anxious air, my words
would hang alone like the single chandelier

waiting to dim the auditorium, but still
too huge, too prominent, too bright, its light
announcing only itself, bringing more

emptiness into the emptiness.

Copyright © 2006 by Andrea Hollander Budy. First published in Five Points and included in her book, Woman in the Painting. Reprinted by permission of the author and Autumn House Press.

Source: Woman in the Painting (Autumn House Press, 2006)

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Poet Andrea Hollander b. 1947

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

Occasions Funerals

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Simile

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Andrea Hollander was born in Berlin, Germany, to American parents and raised in the United States. She earned a BS in English and education from Boston University and an MA in comparative literature and oral interpretation from the University of Colorado. Her poetry collections include the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize–winning House without a Dreamer (1993), The Other Life (2001), Woman in the Painting (2006), and Landscape with . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Simile

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