30 Days of Autumn: 19

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On Defloration

The actions of life are not so many. To go in, to
go, to go in secret, to cross the Bridge of Sighs.
And when you dishonored me, I saw that dis-
honor is an action. It happened in Venice; it
causes the vocal cords to swell. I went booming
through Venice, under and over the bridges,
but you were gone. Later that day I telephoned
your brother. What’s wrong with your voice?
he said.

Anne Carson

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About Kendal

I'm Kendal Mosley-Chalk. I live in York with my husband and two children.
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