Small Porcelain Head by Allison Benis White

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Out of an urgent need to grasp what it means to lose a loved one to suicide, these poems fixate on the physical as a means of exploring the intangible though paradoxically palpable emotion of grief. Small Porcelain Head metaphorically explores the stark stillness of loss through the inanimate quality of dolls and revisits lines from a suicide note as a means of final "conversation."

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ALLISON BENIS WHITE is the author of Self-Portrait with Crayon. Her honors include the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the Bernice Slote Award from Prairie Schooner, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine.
Published April 9, 2013 by Four Way. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In lieu of her dead friend, the speaker embraces a world of smaller, often damaged, imposters: cloth dolls, talking dolls, wind-up dolls, bisque and china dolls, dolls with tin heads, automatons lifting hand mirrors or balloons, twins in red silk dresses, dolls with pincushions for chests, dolls ...

Mar 08 2016 | Read Full Review of Small Porcelain Head

A doll's "small porcelain head" may seem like a frangible thing, but in White's mysterious, moving collection, delicately envisioned but indestr

Apr 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Small Porcelain Head

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