national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014
Honorable Mention in Poetry


Robert Miller  • 
St. Olaf College

to the public museum

of road kill,

where you can explore
animal anatomy by foot

or be left

to learn
the taste of acid

curdled, as the dead do

just before they pass,
or to think of rotting

as time,

to learn what lies beyond
swarms of flies. Attention is admission

and the hours are unbearable,

drawn long in decay
with each passing.

There is less to see

and more to uncover
as the hair

and then flesh fall

away, revealing
the secrets of bodies. Peering between bones,

an effort to study

a muddied diorama of what is
left behind when we


find our bodies

on display.