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After the Loss of My Daughter to Suicide

Laura Apol

on her desk
there was a handwritten list of guns
there was the cash receipt for the gun
there was the rebate form for the gun
there was the packaging for the gun

on the phone
there was the officer saying
you can have her personal things
but because it was used in a death
you cannot have
the gun

Laura Apol is a widely-published poet and writer. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, and she is the author of several prize-winning collections of poetry, most recently A Fine Yellow Dust, a collection that focuses on the loss of her daughter to suicide and winner of the 2021 Midwest Book Award. Laura was the 2019–2021 poet laureate for Lansing, Michigan.