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SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

A Death on Facebook

by Arne Weingart

for Okla Elliott

Of course I would hear it here
first, or rather experience it

the way we now experience
the weather, the way detail

after detail accretes, providing
eventually a consensus of rain,

in spring, on an afternoon
sidewalk. We knew everything

about you, or so you seemed
to want us to think. We knew

about Bernie and the Pope 
and Heidegger and dour, 

underappreciated German poets 
and your love of Russian soulfulness 

and teaching and tacos. We saw 
you juggle for your nieces. 

You made me want to juggle, too, 
if only for myself. What follows 

now is not exactly silence but 
rather static, a kind of vacant hum. 

By quanta or bits or pixels, by any 
messenger of the data toward 

which we all finally aspire, go 
now, Okla, energetically to your rest.


SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Arne Weingart

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University, Arne Weingart lives in Chicago with his wife, Karen, where he is the principal of a graphic design firm specializing in identity and wayfinding. Recent poems have been published in Arts & Letters, Beecher’s Magazine, Coal Hill Review, Enizagam, Nimrod, Oberon, Plume, RHINO, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Georgetown Review, The Massachusetts Review, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his book, Levitation For Agnostics, winner of the 2014 New American Press Poetry Prize, was released in February, 2016.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury