Kavanagh packs heavy medical imagery into these few lines: cardiac arrest; rigor mortis; grief, or perhaps depression; brainstem functions. Her short lines and short stanzas speak to the centrality of the beating heart (stilled), and to the shallow breaths death and those witness to it. This poem is a daughter’s living recapitulation of her father’s death. Basma Kavanagh is a Nova Scotia painter, poet and letterpress printer currently living in Brandon, Manitoba. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. Her poems have appeared in the chapbook A Rattle of Leaves, published by Red Dragonfly Press, and included in anthologies in the United States.