RIP Lucia Perillo

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Found Object
 Lucia Perillo
Somebody left this white T-shirt
like a hangman’s hood on the new parking meter—
the magic marks upon its back say: I QUIT METH 4-EVER.
A declaration to the sky, whose angels all wear seagull wings
swooping over this street with its torn scratch tickets
and Big Gulp cups dropped by the curb.

Lucia Perillo, a poet who wrote about mortality with a combination of humor and piercing emotion, died on Oct. 16 at her home in Olympia, Wash. She was 58.

Lucia Perillo, Whose Illness Shaped Her Poetry, Dies at 58 – Anita Gates – New York Times – October 16, 2016

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