Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sometimes it's not the sentences themselves that are broken, but my ability to imagine deeper. That was the case with this small sequence of sentences, from my forthcoming Seville novel, Small Damages (Philomel). The passage cited directly below is the way this small moment from the book appeared for years in my drafts. Note the hard and unhelpful (unlyrical) stop.
This next and final version is, in my opinion, what the passage needed to be. The useless repetition of "sore" has been replaced with a more realized vision, and a small story.I nod. My breasts are swollen sore above the lump of you. I don’t get sick anymore. I don’t sit on the bathroom floor fisting the toilet, or lie there afterward, sobbing. I don’t. But everywhere I’m sore.
My sentence obsession was inspired by NaNoWriMo, and is part of this contest. A signed copy of Small Damages or You Are My Only will be sent to the winner, as well as a celebratory moment on this blog.I nod. My breasts are swollen sore above the lump of you. I don’t get sick anymore. I don’t sit on the bathroom floor fisting the toilet, or lie there afterward, sobbing. I don’t. But everywhere is the flail of you, your necklace of bones, your hardly skin, your fingernails; you already have them. In health class, eighth grade, we watched the movie, we saw how it is. The pearl squiggled out with a tail. The curl like a fish protecting. The webbing in between, just temporary.
By the way, isn't that baby beautiful? She belongs to Miss Cristina, Mr. Jeremy, and Little Eva.