"After life," is a live sound and generative text piece using the language of John Ashbery. A sequence of looped overtone singing phrases are used to trigger the sampling of a Markov chain based on John Ashbery's writing, creating a unique text from his corpus with each performance. As successive root tones are added to the loop, deeper and deeper levels of the Markov chain are explored. "After life," is an exploration of the balance between the control and lack of control one has with their language and a reflection on how it continues to evolve after the author is gone. With each root tone of overtone singing a different color of text is displayed. Red text indicates frequencies detected out of the range of the four root tone sequence.