Here is one more poem from The Pest Maiden. See the first post about Penelope Scambly Schott’s book of poetry about lobotomy, family histories, how those histories echo through our own lives, and much more here.
Make each one precious
In all the evil done for love
we mutilate ourselves
In the badlands of the mind
in the coulee between the cortices
we are mining the stone of madness
When I was crazy
the world sustained
and forgave me
All these years later
I want to return
Charcot, J. M., Paul Richer, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Pierre FeÌdida. Les démoniaques dans l’art. Paris: n.p., 1887.
Schott, Penelope Scambly. The Pest Maiden: A Story of Lobotomy. Cincinnati, OH: Turning Point, 2004.
Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Pest Maiden: Precious.” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 04 Dec. 2016.