Saturday, January 14, 2012


My favorite grave encomium. I've never actually seen it, but Emily Vermeule, in Aspectcs of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry, reports that it can (could?) be found on a hewn oak monument in a cemetery in St. Helena, California:

To Dan from his friends in the circus 1860.

Here's a rendition of Keith Douglas' "Simplify Me When I'm Dead."

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