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Small Porcelain Head
Allison Benis White

Four Way Books



Contents

“If pain is only weakness...”
• “What is left but obsession...”
• “Please forgive me...”
• “That she has the right...”
• “Even the violence...”
• “And she would talk...”
• “Not to let go...”
• “Buttoned together...”
• “After our fingers...”
• “If description is a living thing...”
• “If to memorize is to adore...”
• “Just as the cork descends...”
• “Unlike the other automatons...”
• “The arm is good...”
• “If God is everything...”
• “Pinholes in her plastic chest...”
• “Cutting her black hair...”
• “Only her eyes...”
• “She pushes the white...”
• “What we end up with...”
• “Decapitated...”
• “This is the gift of violence...”
• “An entire story...”
• “How the stillness...”
• “For the easily broken...”
• “The miracle is rooted...”
• “Several leather fingers...”
• “Each time she taps...”
• “Legs apart and arms...”
• “Twins in red silk...”
• “A mechanism in the body...”
• “Or lost teeth...”
• “Sewn together at the waist...”
• “What makes the object alive...”
• “Wax is most like skin...”
• “Although the terror mirrors awe...”
• “Within the bonnet...”
• “Because the pain is company...”
• “Is this the beauty...”
• “Then the relief...”
• “We call the denial of stillness...”
• “And when she is held closer...”
• “Made with a hollow...”
• “Now filled with sand...”

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:58:58 -0500