Allison Benis White: The Luminous, Grieving MindApril 2013
The author of Small Porcelain Head on how poetry can help us mourn.
Still, I started for the parlor. I’d polished my shoes, put gel in my hair: habits my mother had always wanted me to form and I had always resisted. Walking down the street, I felt conspicuous, as though people were sniggering at my gleaming head and feet.
What the heart wants? The heart wants / her horses back.