Hannah Van Sciver


i did not touch her,
out of respect for death’s aesthetics
(though i was seized by the notion
she could fit inside a teacup).
feather-yellow and concrete,
she lay in granulated silence.
i snapped a picture. proof that,
should a heart stop beating
with no one to bear witness,
the silence still resonates.


Hannah Van Sciver is a sophomore studying creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s a member of The Excelano Project, Penn’s spoken word collective. Publications include: Danse Macabre literary magazine, Inklings from Cape Cod and Van Gogh’s Ear for Music, a recent Excelano chapbook.

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