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Blessing the Boats - From The Terrible Stories (1996), "lorena" Summary & Analysis

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From The Terrible Stories (1996), "lorena" Summary

In the original publication, the subtitle reads thus: "Woman cuts off husband's penis/Later throws it from the car window," News Report. This poem opens with a sensory experience of holding the penis in the cupped hand of the woman. She says the penis trembles like a new bird. The woman goes into the thoughts about the penis, how she feels about a person who insists on being in charge, who promises that life will be good if one just obeys him. The abused woman always believes these things, and so when the woman, who has stopped sexual abuse, opens the window to throw out the penis, she still holds onto the beliefs that keep her trapped, that there really is good there. She believes that like a bird, the penis...

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