Kristin LaTour “Items of Value to a Dying Man”


Necessitating a very short list of “Items of Value to a Dying Man,” Kristin LaTour includes “a white demitasse cup, placed/on a cracked saucer so it reminds him/of the smallness of time and the precariousness/of trying to accomplish even simple things, like a sip.” The poem was first published in Midwest Quarterly.

The poem film is an amalgam of the work of many artists. The poem is by Kristin LaTour. The video remix is by Nic Sebastian using images by Peter Gric and a soundscape by Jarred Gibb. The work originally appeared at the

Kristen LaTour’s most recent chapbook is Agoraphobia, from Dancing Girl Press (2013). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday, Cider Press Review, Escape into Life and Atticus Review. Her work appears in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century. She teaches at Joliet Junior College and lives in Aurora, Illinois with her writer husband, a lovebird, and two dogitos. Readers can find more information at

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