The Guest House
a green cover with a glitch art style showing a person sitting at a desk with cell phone and TV

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Volkman, E. (2021). The Guest House: Inspired by a poem of the same title by Jellaludin Rumi (Iranian poet, 13th century). The Lyre, 12. Retrieved from


A lyric essay describing what it's like to lose someone suddenly, without the chance to say goodbye and get closure after their death. The narrator explores the idea of the human experience as a guest house, inspired by lines of "The Guest House" by Jellaludin Rumi. They were introduced to the poem by the person who passed away and are using it as a frame of reference for their grief.

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