An Excerpt from “Politics of the Dead”

Jeffrey Harrison

1.
When we opened his “Bye-bye File,”
we found, among the bank codes,
passwords, insurance information,
power of attorney, and living will,
a dozen or so right-wing
articles our father had snipped out
of newspapers and interspersed
among his final instructions,
as if even in death he needed to get
the last word in. We took them out
as we paged through the documents,
shaking our heads in disbelief
and making a little pile. “What do we do
with these?” I asked when we were done.
“That’s up to you,” my brother said, then:
“It’s obvious he meant them for you.”

. . .

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