The Pest Maiden: Precious

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
the favor

Featured image:
Charcot, J. M., Paul Richer, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Pierre Fédida. 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. Ortolana Studio, 04 Dec. 2016.


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